EU/Lebanon: support to vulnerable people (migrant workers jailed in Lebanon)
End production: 14/09/2007 First transmission: 14/09/2007
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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||Roumieh prison (3 shots)
||"Médecins du Monde" logo on a car
||Exterior view of the AJEM ("Association justice et miséricorde") building
||Bérengère Martin, "Médecins du Monde" coordinator in Lebanon, (in FRENCH) saying that the migrants are very vulnerable in the prisons of Lebanon, above all because they do not have external resources; the majority of people who enter Lebanon legally or illegally to work there, come alone;
when they are imprisoned they don't have family or friends to come and visit them; if they have family or friends in Lebanon, these are in the same situation of illegality as they are
||European Union flag
||Meeting (3 shots)
||Danièle Karam, AJEM coordinator, (in FRENCH) saying that often, because they are in a situation of illegality, people are wrongfully accused of having committed crimes such as thefts; often these people are caretakers in buildings; they are confronted with situations of injustice where lawyers try to intervene
||Prisoners families in consultation (4 shots)
||Jafer, Iraqi refugee in Lebanon, (in ARABIC) telling about his experience
||Exterior view of the AJEM building