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In 2003, the State Department's INL Bureau funded a narcotics demand reduction program administered by a Beirut-based NGO, the Justice and Mercy Association (AJEM).
"We told anyone who asked what we were doing, 'We grieve two crimes today, the first crime that these men committed and the second of the death penalty,'" said Aya, AJEM's founder.
Rudy Abi Habib, a psychologist who works with AJEM and treats inmates at Roumieh prison.
Panelist Ziad Ashour from AJEM made a moral appeal to stop violent police practices.
AJEM estimates that at least 1,000 detainees in Roumieh were arrested either for drug use or trafficking, and are mixed with the general prison population.
"Although there are insufficient and ambiguous articles within the Penal Code, we have found that bringing change from the bottom-up will lead us to a real change in the country's legal system," said Father Hadi Aya, the president of AJEM.
"We want to help people learn so that they will have new skills when they exit prison," said Ajem trainer Ishak Habchi.
AJEM wrote to USJ's social work department, asking if they would consider taking Boujouk as a student.
According to the Association of Justice and Mercy (AJEM), an NGO which deals with imprisoned drug addicts, 30 percent of incarcerated Lebanese are there on of drug charges.
The total number of references given to the AJEM, AJEMCR, and TJEM in the articles published between 2010 and 2014 in the EAJEM and their distribution per article EAJEM JEMCR Distribution within 13.8[per thousand] 1.1[per thousand] total references (41) (3) per thousand (n) References per 27.7% 2% article, % (n) (41) (3) TJEM Total Distribution within 14.4[per thousand] 29.3[per thousand] total references (43) (87) per thousand (n) References per 29.1% 58.8% article, % (n) (43) (87) EAJEM: Eurasian Journal of Emergency Medicine (formerly known as the Academic Journal of Emergency Medicine); JEMCR: Journal of Emergency Medicine Case Reports; TJEM: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine Figure 1.
"We've asked publicly that they be transferred to a high-security prison," AJEM lawyer Ziad Achour said.
Beirut, December 2, 2013 Signatories: - Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH), - Centre Nassim for the rehabilitation of victims of torture, - ALEF - Act for Human Rights - Justice and Mercy Association (AJEM) - Alkarama Foundation - Restart Center for the rehabilitation of victims of violence and torture - World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) This press conference is part of the campaign entitled "Nothing can justify torture" conducted by the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT).
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