File - Lebanese policemen stand guard at the Roumieh Prison, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The scenes that emerged from Roumieh last weekend are just the latest in a troubling history of torture and human rights violations in Lebanon's prisons and detention centers.Lawyers, human rights advocates and international agencies have known for years that abuses are widespread and systemic.A recent United Nations report implicated the Internal Security Forces and the Directorate of Military Intelligence in routinely torturing inmates.Local enforcement agencies and General Security regularly torture detainees as well, according to Human Rights Watch, especially on suspicions of homosexuality and drug use. Detainees suspected of belonging to armed Islamist groups tend to suffer the worst abuse.It is one of the few documented cases of authorities torturing a detainee to death.Torture is more likely to befall detainees belonging to marginalized groups or without social connections, as well, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation completed in 2013 . Torture also undermines the rule of law and court judgments.Authorities sometimes excuse transgressions, saying torture is a necessary implement of the security services.Law professor and former Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar described the videos as shocking spoke about a correlation between torture and extremism.
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