The Lebanese authorities detain activists Ali Latifa Fakhry and activist/ blogger Khodor Salameh while they were doing some graffiti in Beirut. They were stopped by the Lebanese army and taken to the Military Police station next to Matthaf! They continue to be under arrest. There is a solidarity protest right now in Beirut check hashtags #FreeAli & #FreeKhodor for information. You can send emails to, fax the Prime Minister office on 009611983065, also tweeting @Najib_Mikati demanding the immediate release of Ali and Khodor.

Freedom of Speech is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 (Preamble and Article 19), and in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966, that Lebanon has ratified in 1972:

Article 19

1. Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
2. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.

Lebanon, now would be the time to uphold the obligations you submitted yourself to! FREE ALI! FREE KHODOR!


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