Monday, April 22, 2013

Soldier Tortures in Private Female Domestic Worker

Lebanese Center for Human Rights
Press Release

Soldier Tortures in Private Female Domestic Worker


A member of the Lebanese military has tortured a female domestic worker whom he suspected of stealing his service weapon and jewelry from his home.

The soldier initially identified several suspects, but then fifteen days after the theft he is alleged to have taken a female domestic worker – who had denied any contact with the missing items – to a house in the countryside accompanied by other individuals, and proceeded to hang the young girl upside down by her feet in the bathroom using handcuffs. He is also alleged to have subjected her to electric shocks during most of the night, as well as burns using a red hot knife, in order to force her to incriminate herself and admit guilt in the theft.

Despite her complaints, and with traces of torture on her body, the domestic worker was sentenced to one year in prison for theft, and her appeal in court was dismissed.

Worse yet, at the end of the young woman's trial in early 2013, her employer refused to pay for her plane ticket to return to her home country. The CLDH (Lebanese Center for Human Rights) financed her repatriation, a full ten months after she had served her sentence.

The CLDH requests that an investigation be launched in this matter, and that this member of the military be held accountable in a manner commensurate with the perpetrated acts. The Judiciary is requested to take all allegations of torture consistently and seriously, short of which egregious acts of this nature will continue.

Beirut, April 8, 2013

Press contact: Wadih Al-Asmar, Secretary General of CLDH: 70 950780

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