Abir Ghattas

Abir Ghattas

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
33° 53' 19.0644" N, 35° 29' 43.7244" E
Status: Threatened
Threatened on 06 Feb 2013

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, civil society activist Abir Ghattas was detained and interrogated in Lebanon for several hours over a blog post about labor rights violations at the supermarket chain Spinneys.

Ghattas had been at the forefront of a campaign to secure rights for workers at the retail giant Spinneys-Lebanon, which operates seven large supermarkets in the country.

After interrogating her, the police demanded that she take down the post, or risk imprisonment for five days on slander charges. She was later told that Spinneys had pressed charges against her.

She complied and was made to sign an oath to abstain from criticizing Spinneys in any form.

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