Canadian Lebanese Human Rights Federation (CLHRF)
Fax & Phone # (905) 272-9389
Web site http://www.clhrf.com
Beirut regime monitors & harasses Lebanese
The CLHRF condemns the arbitrary arrest of
Dr. Carlos Keyrouz by the Lebanese security forces on
the 12th of May, 2002 as he was entering Lebanon through the Beirut International Airport
to visit his family.
Dr. Keyrouz, who is a well known Lebanese Forces supporter did not infringe on any law in
Belgium or in Lebanon.
He was arbitrarily arrested and humiliated by the Lebanese security forces without any
legal justification, and without a arrest court order. Dr. Keyrouz had the courage to
confront the Lebanese Ambassador in Belgium few months prior to his arrest in a Lebanese
celebration at one of the Maronite Churches there. Dr. Keyrouz, who holds the Belgian
citizenship, had asked the Lebanese Ambassador in the church hall not to advocate for the
Syrian occupation to Lebanon and to keep politics away from that event. That was his
crime. His crime in the eyes of the Lebanese regimes was his courage to express his own
opinion freely, in Belgium and criticize the Syrian occupation.
Dr. Keyrouz was detained in Beirut for three days for interrogation on his comments to the
ambassador. He was released only after the Belgian government intervened, as well as
numerous Human Rights organizations. Dr. Keyrous was informed after his release that he
has to appear in front of a military tribunal to answer for his behavior.
The CLHRF calls on the Canadian government, United Nations, Arab League and all human
rights organization to pressure the Lebanese government and also the Syrian regime to put
an end for their on going monitoring, harassment and terrorization of Lebanese citizens
living in Diaspora who oppose the Syrian occupation of Lebanon and expose atrocities and
crimes committed against patriotic Lebanese men and women.
CLHRF Media Chairman
Edmond El Chidiac