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From The Guardian (page 14):

Group appeals for release of detainees

Friends of Lebanon, a group working for the release of 144 Lebanese detainees in Israeli-occupied area of Lebanon, yesterday appealed to the Federal Government to assist in their release.

Besides, President Olusegun Obasanjo's government should also assist in the already worldwide campaign for the immediate closure of the infamous Khiam detention centre.

In the appeal endorsed by Ali Ahmed, other detention centres are in Nabluss, Shatta, Sarafand and Ayloun.

Friends of Lebanon is in affiliation with Follow Up Committee for the Support of Lebanese Detainees in Israel Prisons and adopted today as the International Day for the closing down of Khiam detention centre.

"We appeal and urge the world to adopt October 28 as the International Day for closing down of Khiam Detention Camp and to condemn the Israeli officers who are responsible for supervising the camp and framing warders on new methods of investigation and tortures", the group said.

From This Day (page 5):

Group Calls for Release of Lebanese Detainees
by Segun Fatuase

A non-governmental group, Friends of Lebanon, has called on the Federal Government and human rights groups to join in a worldwide crusade for the immediate release of Lebanese detainees in Israeli detention centres.

Spokesman of Friends of Lebanon, Mr. Sola Daisi said that his organisation, which is an affiliate of a Lebanese pressure group known as Follow Up Committee for the Support of Lebanese Detainees in Israel Prisons, said that the assistance of Nigeria is needed at this time in view of its human rights posture and influence in the African continent.

Particularly, the two groups need Nigeria's assistance in appealing to the Israeli government to abide by international humanitarian laws and release about 144 detainees currently incarcerated in the dreaded Khiam Detention Centre which has been under the control of Israeli Forces for the past 15 years.

The groups said that the Khiam detention centre ws singled out for world attention, amongst six detention centres, because it serves as an evident symbol of human rights violation in the Middle East.

Also as a culmination of a concerted effort to draw public attention to the plight of Lebanese prisoners, the groups adopted today October 28, as the day the whole world should rise up against all laws that negate the rights and freedom of fellow human beings.

"We urge the world to adopt October 28 as the International Day for the closing down of Khiam Detention Camp and the immediate release of all detainees", the groups said.