Prison Uprising in Lebanon

April 7, 2011

While at the Harm Reduction Conference in Lebanon, the HCLU film crew witnessed a protest in front of a prison by family members, while prisoners rioted inside.

It is often forgotten that prisoners should be treated with dignity as human beings - this is especially true for the prisoners held in the Roumieh prison in Lebanon. This facility was built to house 1500 inmates but often 5500 people are hold here, 30-35 people in one cell, thousands of them are pre-trial detaines who do not see a judge for several years. In April 2011 an uprising broke out in the prison.