Security forces camp out in front of the office of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Hamra, Beirut. (The Daily Star)
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Torture and abuse were widely practiced by Lebanese security forces in 2014, a U.S. State Department report on global human rights released Thursday said.The report comes days after videos leaked showing security officer brutally beating Islamist inmates in Roumieh Prison in one of the largest scandals to hit the country this year.The U.S. report asserted that torture occurred in certain police stations, the detention installations of the Defense Ministry, and in the Internal Security Forces' Information Branch facility.The Lebanese state continues to deny that security forces systematically abuse detainees, but acknowledge that violent acts "sometimes" occur during preliminary detention, the report said.
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