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EU/Lebanon: support to vulnerable people (migrant workers jailed in Lebanon)

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According to statistics from the French NGO "Médecins du Monde", foreigners compose 45% of the 4.000 detainees jailed in the main prison of Lebanon, Roumiéh, designed for 2000 detainees. 70% are jailed for illegal entry or illegal residence and 30% for common law crime. Among foreigners, Syrian and Egyptian citizens are migrant workers, while Iraqis and Sudanese are refugees or asylum seekers. Due to structural weaknesses of management and the absence of specific regulations towards this population, foreign detainees are facing, much more than Lebanese prisoners, difficult situations in terms of access to health care and judicial rights. The EU funded project, implemented by AJEM ("Association Justice et Miséricorde") in cooperation with the French NGO "Médecins du Monde", contributes to improve the detention conditions at three levels: health, justice and infrastructures/supplies. Since the beginning of the project, results have been achieved: 56% of total foreign detainees are receiving health care, main diseases are treated, 1000 sanitary kits have been distributed, and some rehabilitation work conducted. In the same time, the NGO is working on shortening the detention duration and set up a socio-judicial office where relatives of detainees are welcomed and informed.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 53279   Date: 14/09/2007   Duration: 00:03:34
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