Event: Montreal's Lebanese Community campaigns for Prisoners Arbitrarily Held In Syrian Jails - Presentation of a tragic human rights crisis

    MONTREAL, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of Lebanese prisoners have been
held in Syrians jails under the cruelest conditions for over a decade. These
individuals, who have been kidnapped and taken as prisoners, are regularly
subjected to extreme forms of torture. Syria's denial of holding these
prisoners is making their release a near-impossible task. However, some human
right activists are fighting back.
    L'Union de la Jeunesse Libano-Canadienne (UJLC) invites you to an event
that aims to shed light on this humanitarian issue.

    The Lebanese Arbitrarily Held In Syrian jails: A glimmer of hope or a
    lost cause?

    Our guest speaker from Lebanon is Mr. Ghazi Aad, the founder and director
of a humanitarian NGO named SOLID (Support of Lebanese in Detention). He will
present his testimony on this human rights crisis and on the work that his
organization has done towards its resolution.
    Mr. Aad has worked closely with international groups and organizations
such as the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch among
others to find a solution to this crisis. His group, along with the families
of the detainees, has been holding an open-ended sit-in in front of the United
Nations building in Beirut since April 11, 2005, hoping that their cry for
justice might prompt some action.

    The event will be held on March 8th at 3:00pm at the Radisson Hotel
    (2900 blvd. Le Carrefour, Laval).


    - Word of welcome and inauguration (UJLC);
    - Projection of a documentary where the camera tells this tragedy in its
      own way;
    - The testimony of Mr. Ghazi Aad;
    - Comments and short interventions;
    - Q&A session.

For further information:

For further information: Mr. Michel Najm, (514)570-5904

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