Arrest of Osman Bakhash from Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir

The Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir [Arabic for Islamic Liberation Party] in Lebanon

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Press Release

Arrest of Osman Bakhash from the Media Office of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Lebanon

State Officers, dressed up as civilians, have broke into Mr. Osman Bakhash's Office in the Makassed Hospital where he works, and arrested him and taken him into an unkown location. This came after the broadcast of Hizb ut-Tahir's activities in Lebanon on LBC TV [ Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation] on Wednesday Night. The broadcast included an interview with Engineer Osman Bakhash, form the Media Office, in which he answered questions that were posed to him. His arrest comes after the arrest of Ali Aslan And Waseem Shaa'rani during the past 10 days, on the accusation of membership with "Hizb ut-Tahrir". These arrests are an indication that we are living in a Police State, that closes people's mouths, and replies to arguments and reason with Fire and Steel.

This campaign of arrests and continuous chasing of Hizb ut-Tahrir members has no valid argument in the laws for which the Lebanese state claims to apply and look upon.

It is of our interest to reveal that what the State Officers are doing under the instructions of the concerned authorities, will not stop the struggle, path, and call of Hizb ut-Tahrir; neither will it change its method, which is calling to Islam through argument and reason, even though this call was to be faced by the policy of imprisonement, which is an indication of the bankrupcy of the people in charge of this state, and their failure to resort to the usual means of persuasion.

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Al-Tahreer party member detained since Thursday
7/31/2004 (Daily Star) | More stories

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BEIRUT: Othman Bakhash, a biomedical engineer who works at al-Makassed hospital, has been missing since Thursday when he was dragged from his workplace by three plainclothes officers according to his wife.

Mercedes Bakhash, a Nicaraguan Christian who converted to Islam, said that her husband is nowhere to be found. Bakhash's arrest is one among many targeting the Hizb Al-Tahreer Islamic party, a group that has organized a demonstration in Tripoli last week to protest the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and who has ask for the removal of the US Embassy from Lebanon.

The night before his arrest, Othman spoke on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) about Hizb Al-Tahreer, known as the Liberation Party.

Speaking at the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights in Starco on Friday, Mercedes said her husband is a man who "doesn't possess arms and is not involved in any kind of military activities."

According to judicial sources, security apparatuses and under the supervision of the judiciary have been summoning some individuals for investigation regarding possible illegal actions they might be involved in. The sources said that political affiliation was not the reason behind those arrests, and said that many of those arrested were released after the investigation.

According to Ayman Qadri, the party's official spokesman, the arrests are a part of a tactic by authorities to please the US.

"It is a token in the backdrop of the war against terror, to show the US that they are doing something about terrorism," he said. Qadri, however, strongly denies any involvement with terrorists or military forces. "We are not a military party," he reiterated.

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August 1/2004

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Arbitrary arrest of a Canadian Citizen in Occupied Lebanon

The CLHRF condemns the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Osman M. Bakhach in occupied Lebanon on July 28/2004 after an interview that he conducted with the Lebanese LBC, TV station, through which he addressed issues related to the Muslim "Party of Liberation".

Mr. Bakhach is a Canadian citizen of Lebanese descent , and according to his family he is medically diagnosed as "disabled" due to numerous physical problems.

Since his illegal arrest he has been held in the Ministry of Defense notorious jail where torture and all kinds of inhuman humiliation conducts are inflicted on the detainees till they confess and sign for what ever the authorities fabricate and forge for them.

Mr. Bakhash's family has been denied all kinds of visitation rights, and at the same time he has not been provided by any legal representation as is stipulated by the Lebanese constitution.

The CLHRF calls on the Canadian government to take immediate action and ensure that this Canadian citizen is not tortured, his rights are not infringed on, provided with appropriate legal representation and allowed the right of family visitation.

The Lebanese - Syrian appointed regime is well known with its horrible and notorious infringements on the rights of those unfortunate individuals arrested or imprisoned. It is worth mentioning that many innocent detainees have died while in detention because of torture, negligence and savage conduct.

The CLHRF calls also on the Human Rights organizations, the Red Cross and United Nations to pressure the Beirut government to honor the full rights of Mr. Bakhach

The CLHRF calls too on the Canadian media to justly and fairly cover this new case of arbitrary arrest, make the Canadian public fully updated and informed, and pressure our government in Ottawa to act with no hesitation or delay.

Stalinist regimes like the one Syria has installed in Lebanon since 1990 should not be allowed by the free world to infringe on the Human Rights of any individual, no matter guilty or innocent. The Beirut regime must be forced to abide by the International laws and Charter of Human Rights.

CLHRF, Media Chairman
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