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Conflict Incident Report

Wadi Khaled inmate families protest sluggish legal system

Date of incident: 
February 15, 2017
Death toll: 
Number of Injured: 
Actors/Parties Involved: 
Lebanese Civilians

BEIRUT: Relatives of inmates from a north Lebanon border region staged a protest on Wednesday to demand faster trials and general amnesty for their family members. The National News Agency reported that demonstrators in the town of Beqaya in Wadi Khaled briefly blocked a road at the entrance of the town in the northern district of Akkar. Protesters held banners demanding the judiciary to accelerate trials for those detained in Lebanese prisons in addition to general amnesty. “There is no good in a nation [that] forgets its people in its prisons,” read one banner. Approximately 60 detainees from the Wadi Khaled area are alleged to be awaiting trial, the NNA said. The protest comes at the heels of a series of recent protests in the north, east and southern parts of the country demanding general amnesty for detainees that have been held without trial for protracted periods of time, over a variety of alleged crimes.

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.