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Conflict Incident Report

Graphic video shows torture of Roumieh inmates; uproar continues

Date of incident: 
June 19, 2016
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Internal Security Forces (ISF)
Lebanese Civilians

Leaked videos showing the torture of Islamist inmates has sparked a political controversy in Lebanon, forcing Lebanese politicians to respond to allegations of ill-treatment in the country’s notorious Roumieh prison.

The graphic videos show at least two guards repeatedly striking shirtless prisoners seated on the floor with their hands behind their backs. Some had been stripped down to their underwear and beaten with a green hose, according to videos.

Other clips show a second guard taunting and insulting a bearded detainee while repeatedly hitting him. The detainee can be heard begging for mercy, and later kicked in the face.

One guard can be heard shouting: “Lower your voice or I’ll put your eyes out.”

Primary category: 
Cruel Treatment and Torture
Secondary Category: 
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Conflicts of social discrimination
Violent and unjust treatment of different categories of people and individuals based on race, age, gender or sexuality, committed by the State, groups and individuals, related to a lack of protection and rights, inefficiency of the Justice system and persisting social and economic vulnerabilities.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.