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.

Detention, Expulsion Interferes With Right to Family Life...Read more

Repeal Criminal Sanctions for Defamation, Criticizing Officials...Read more

Some Protesters Now Set to be Tried in Civilian, Not Military, Courts...Read more

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