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.

The report criticizes the travel restrictions imposed on Syrian refugees in Lebanon...Read more

Investigate, Publish Results, and Punish Anyone Found Responsible...Read more

The international community must shoulder its responsibility to support the needs of Syrian refugees...Read more

Protesters Were Demonstrating Against Third Extension of Parliament’s Term...Read more

Lebanon should reconsider policies against the Syrian refugees...Read more

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