Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor

Defending Freedom Throughout the MENA Region

Euro-Med Monitor in Lebanon

The security situation in Lebanon deteriorated in 2013 with violence spilling over from the armed conflict in Syria. Sectarian tensions led to deadly clashes in Tripoli and Saida amidst a climate of impunity for gunmen. Internal Security Forces (ISF) subjected suspected drug users, sex workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in their custody to ill-treatment and torture. Migrant domestic workers were excluded from the labor law and subjected to restrictive immigration rules based on employer-specific sponsorship—the kafala system—which put workers at risk of exploitation and abuse. Discriminatory provisions that significantly harm and disadvantage women continued to exist in personal status laws, determined by an individual’s religious affiliation.

In Lebanon, civilians, including children, face trial in military courts for a broad range of crimes, including any altercation with a member of the military or security services. These trials are often held behind closed doors....Read more

The reasons behind the arrests are still unclear ...Read more

The move to build a wall with guard towers around Ain El-Hilweh is a egregious example of the increasingly hostile treatment of refugees...Read more

An estimated 250,000 Syrian refugee children in the country are not in formal schools, aid organisations say....Read more

Mass arrests, curfews and vigilante-style attacks directed at the large Syrian refugee population, leaving many Syrians in Lebanon feeling fearful and cornered....Read more

Activists say discrimination has heightened in recent weeks and Syrians are being blamed for the city's woes....Read more

Children with disabilities deprived from their right of education in Lebanon ...Read more

This procedure against a lawyer and human-rights advocate is a continuation of the policy of repression and restrictions on freedom of expression...Read more

Authorities must immediately announce a policy of “no-tolerance” toward the harassment of refugee women...Read more