Cardinal Beshara Rai kisses the foot of one of the prisoners for the traditional "Washing of the feet" during Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) at Roumieh Prison, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai celebrated Holy Thursday with a Mass at the Roumieh prison complex, calling for sweeping reforms at the notorious facility.Rai called on state authorities to shoulder their responsibilities toward prison inmates and to treat them with compassion in line with international law and human rights, so that the prison could be turned into a rehabilitation facility instead of a place for merely detaining individuals.Rai also asked that medical, health, environmental and security conditions be improved in the prison and that something be done to reduce overcrowding.
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