Quotations from the public opinion related to Ismael Shaikh Hassan’s case and the breach to the freedom of expression
AlBared- Updated on 2 September
“وقد اعتبرت أوساط حقوقية، كما عدد من الناشطين في المجتمع المدني، أن اعتقاله يعدّ بمثابة انتهاك لحرية التعبير التي طالما تغنّى بها «بلد الحريات»”- جريدة السفير، 1 أيلول
“عأساس دولة ديمقراطيّة؟!!”– تانيا نابلسي
“Am saddened by the arrest of Ismael Sheik Hassan on what appears to be flimsy charges of incitement. The authorities in Lebanon should know that the world is watching what action they take on this humble professional. We call upon all people of good will to speak against this primitive military action.”- Reuben Ngeti, Kenya, 31 Aug.
“وقف التعقبات القضائية…واغلاق هذا الملف بشكل كامل ونهائي” في قضية حرية التعبير لاسماعيل الشيخ حس– بيان مركز “سكايز” للحريات الإعلامية والثقافية، 31 آب
“I am a Chinese architect with a degree from K.U.Leuven. Ismae’l was one of my friends in Leuven. He showed his kindness and delicences during his study period. I truly do not believe such a nice person would have any intention on illegal matters. I do hope that the charges by Lebanese government or military acts can be withdrawn”- Wu You, 31 Aug.
“I am very surprised to know about this situation concerning my friend and colleague Ismael. I know how passionate Ismael is in his work concerning the development and reconstruction of the refugee camp. I see no point what so ever in arresting him. Its a pity to take such an action against someone who wants to make life better for inhabitants of the camp rather than encouraging and supporting him”- Yehya Serag, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 30 Aug.
“صديقي اسماعيل يحاكم غداً، بسبب تعبيره عن رأيه، ربما املاً ان تسكته، وتسكتنا جميعاً من بعده، سلطة الترهيب”– مزنة، مدونة حكايا
“The detention of Sheikh Hassan follows a number of detentions of journalists and bloggers by Military Intelligence… Under Lebanese law, Military Intelligence does not have the authority to investigate criminal acts, since it is not designated as having the qualities of a judicial police (Art. 38 of Code of Criminal Procedure). Under Article 4 of the Law regulating the General Administration of the Army, Military Intelligence’s role is, rather, to “investigate dangers that affect the security of the army.”- Human Rights Watch, 20 Aug.