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Conflict Incident Report

Prisoners’ families call for amnesty

Date of incident: 
May 14, 2017 to May 16, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

The families of prisoners – some of whom have been held without trial – staged another sit-in Sunday, following news that a prominent sheikh called on inmates to start a hunger strike to call for a general amnesty.

“[They] are not terrorists and [they] have the right to general amnesty,” the families chanted as they blocked roads in central Tripoli. Radical Islamist Sheikh Khaled Hoblos, who is currently serving a prison sentence on terrorism offenses, released an audio message calling for a mass hunger strike across Lebanese prisons Saturday to press for general amnesty for all prisoners. In an audio clip, aired by local TV channel LBCI, Hoblos urged prison administrators not to force inmates to back down on the hunger strike and argued that such an act of protest was a “right guaranteed by the law.”

Primary category: 
Collective Action [inc. protests, solidarity movements...]
Classification of conflict (primary): 
Policy conflicts
Conflicts associated with political decisions, government or state policies regarding matters of public concern, such as debates concerning law reforms, electoral laws, and protests of the government’s political decisions, among others.
Classification of conflict(secondary):
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.