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This guide is based upon the IDC Core Position and provides supporting authority for each of the IDC’s 10 Core Position principles. The guide provides a concise, user-friendly guide to civil society, UN partners, and government policy makers on some of the key international obligations of states to avoid unnecessary immigration detention and to implement alternatives to detention.

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This working paper attempts to map the web of international and regional instruments and mechanisms that together make up the “solid legal framework” relevant to the phenomenon of migration-related detention, which the Global Detention Project defines as the “deprivation of liberty of non-citizens because of their status.”

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Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in…

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According to the information received, Mr. Nehmeh Naim El Haj, born in 1963, of Lebanese nationality, interior decorator, resident in the Al Basatin neighbourhood, Ain Saadeh, Lebanon, and currently detained in the Roumieh central prison in Lebanon, was arrested at the Lebanese-Syrian border on 25 November 1998. The arrest was made, without an arrest warrant, by Syrian intelligence service agents, who placed Mr. El Haj in an illegal Syrian interrogation centre at Anjar in the Bekaa Valley region of Lebanon for a month. While he was there, his family was told neither that he had been arrested nor where he was and he had no access to a lawyer. According to the information received, he was tortured during interrogation sessions conducted by members of the Syrian intelligence services. A month after his arrest, he was handed over to the Lebanese authorities at Zahleh and then transferred to Jounieh before being detained in the Roumieh prison, where he has been ever since.

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The Working Group was notified of the following in respect of the above-mentioned case: Mr. Abbas Shadar Zabed al-Lami, an Iraqi national born on 9 January 1980 and resident in Msharafiyeh, Chiyah, Baabda, Lebanon, holds an Iraqi passport, No. G2301532, issued on 31 August 2008 and Refugee Certificate No. 245-09COO263, issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On 4 February 2010, he was arrested at his home by plain-clothes officers of the Directorate General of State Security. Mr. al-Lami was not shown an arrest warrant or informed of the reasons for his arrest. He was taken into custody at the police station of the Directorate General of State Security. It was not until 27 March 2010, 53 days after his arrest, that he was charged by the Baabda region Public Prosecutor with a breach of article 34 of the Act of 10 July 1962 governing aliens’ entry to, departure from and sojourn within Lebanon. More specifically, he was charged with a breach of an administrative expulsion order (arrest warrant No. 16533).

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Mohammad Khairallah Hamid Ali (henceforth known as Mr. Hamid Ali), a Sudanese citizen, born in 1980 and in possession of a refugee certificate issued by the regional office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Beirut, works in a carpenter’s shop in Beirut, Lebanon. It is reported that, on 16 October 2010, Mr. Hamid Ali was arrested in Jounieh, Keserwan district, Mount Lebanon governorate, by General Security officers. According to the information received, Mr. Hamid Ali was accused of having entered Lebanon illegally in violation of article 32 of the Act of 10 July 1962 regulating the entry and residence of aliens in Lebanon and their departure from the country.

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Youssef Mahmoud Chaabane, a Palestinian born in 1965, a chauffeur, domiciled at the Bourj Barajneh camp in Beirut, was arrested on 5 February 1994 in Beirut, by members of the Syrian intelligence services, and was taken to Beau Rivage, a Syrian intelligence interrogation centre. After 10 days, he was handed over to the Furn El Chebbak – Dabta Adlieh gendarmerie in Beirut, where he was held incommunicado for one month. Mr. Chaabane was later brought to Roumieh central prison, where he is currently being held. Mr. Chaabane was accused of murdering a Jordanian diplomat, Naëb Omran al-Maaitha, first secretary of the Jordanian Embassy in Beirut, and received a death sentence, which was commuted to life imprisonment on 19 October 1994.

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This case was submitted to the Working Group in the following terms: Mr. Thaer Kanawi Abed el Zahra el Rimahi, an Iraqi national, born on 1 May 1986, is the holder of refugee certificate No. 245-07C03 134 issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. On 9 March 2010, he was arrested by plain-clothes officers of the National State Security Department. At the time of his arrest, Mr. El Rimahi was not presented with a warrant of arrest. Nonetheless, a warrant appears in his case file (initial number 658, issued on 9 March 2010 by the Prosecutor-General of south Lebanon). Mr. El Rimahi was allegedly charged with illegal residence in violation of article 36 of the Act of 10 July 1962 regulating the entry and residence of aliens in Lebanon and their departure from the country.

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