Information on discrimination against ethnic Lebanese in Sierra Leone [SLE9901]

For information on the above subject, please see attached previous Responses to Information Requests SLE1813 and GIN8808 and their attachments. In addition, please find attached some media reports on the Lebanese community in Sierra Leone.

In addition to the above, according to a source familiar with political events in Sierra Leone, the Lebanese community residing in Sierra Leone is not currently subject to systematic discrimination (3 Feb. 1992).

Additional and/or corroborating information is currently unavailable to the IRBDC in Ottawa.


African Political Affairs Consultant, Wisconsin. 3 February 1992. Telephone Interview, Ottawa.


Immigration and Refugee Board Documentation Centre (IRBDC), Ottawa. 19 June 1991. "Guinea: Information on the Activities of the Lebanese Hezbollah."

Immigration and Refugee Board Documentation Centre (IRBDC), Ottawa. 18 August 1989. "Information Regarding the Treatment of Ethnic Lebanese Sierra Leone and Regulations Regarding Residence for Foreigners Born in Sierra Leone." Reuters. 23 May 1987, AM Cycle. "Sierra Leone Arrests 30 Lebanese in Crackdown on Illegal Aliens."

_____. 7 June 1987, AM Cycle. "Police Offer Reward For Sierra Leone Businessman."

_____. 3 December 1987, AM Cycle. "Sierra Leone Assures Lebanese Community in Wake of Arrests."