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Two Years On: The Syrian Refugee Situation in Lebanon

According to the UNHCR, by the end of September 2013, there were over 700,000 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and more than a million on Lebanese territory. Three quarters of the refugee population are women and children, spread out over 1,200 locations in Lebanon. Most of the Syrian refugees live in the Bekaa valley and [...]

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Lebanon’s crippling, fifteen-year civil war and corrupt political system have created pitiable law enforcement practices and inadequate legislation that do not protect the rights and freedoms of the suspect, accused or convicted. Today, research has revealed that there is rampant arbitrary detention in Lebanon. Suspects are routinely held in police stations or courthouse holding cells [...]

ALEF-Act for Human Rights call on the Lebanese authorities to make every effort to banish the practice of torture in Lebanon.

Beirut, June 26, 2013 – to commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, ALEF-Act for Human Rights call on the Lebanese authorities to make every effort to banish the practice of torture in Lebanon. As a signatory of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or [...]

Liban: Tarek Rabaa en grève de la faim depuis deux semaines Des organisations de défense des droits de l’homme exigent sa libération immédiate

Liban: Tarek Rabaa en grève de la faim depuis deux semaines Des organisations de défense des droits de l’homme exigent sa libération immédiate Tarek Rabaa a entamé une grève de la faim il y a deux semaines. Alors que son procès devant le tribunal militaire de Beyrouth est toujours en cours, les organisations de défense [...]

Lebanon: Two weeks of hunger strike for Mr. Tarek Rabaa Human rights organizations demand his immediate release

Lebanon: Two weeks of hunger strike for Mr. Tarek Rabaa Human rights organizations demand his immediate release   Mr. Tarek Rabaa has been on hunger strike for 2 weeks. The undersigned organizations demand his immediate release pending trial, which would effectively end the excessive period of pre-trial detention for which he has been held. Furthermore, we [...]

The Human Rights Dilemma in Electoral Laws

The continuous search of the Lebanese polity for a proper electoral law able to achieve the simple tasks of any electoral law has failed repetitively. There have been nine different electoral laws for fourteen different parliamentary elections since the independence. Beside the normal political competition and manipulation, one of the main reasons for this failure, [...]

ALEF Comment on ISF CoC

Following the release of Internal Security Forces Code of Conduct in 2012, ALEF underwent a review of the CoC identifying shortfalls and gaps to be addressed by the ISF. The commentary focused on the below parts: The conflict with the actual law The mechanisms of implementation/respect of the Code of Conduct (CoC) The terminology, spirit [...]

ALEF – Act for Human Rights is deeply concerned about increasing infringements on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, as evidenced by the recent actions taken by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to prevent citizens to protest in the perimeters of the Lebanese Parliament

ALEF – Act for Human Rights is deeply concerned about increasing infringements on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, as evidenced by the recent actions taken by the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to prevent citizens to protest in the perimeters of the Lebanese Parliament. While every government has the right to take appropriate action [...]

Promoting for a Better Protection Mechanism Against Arbitrary Arrest, Lengthy Pre-Trial Detention and Long Delays in Trial

European Union To create civil and communal awareness, To facilitate effective monitoring and reporting of these violations, To put in place and enforce a legal protection framework for people deprived of their liberty. 2011 – 2014 Penal Reform International […]

Alternative Report: Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Since 2005, Lebanon has been experiencing increased political instability. While the overall level of human rights protection has improved, this improvement depends on the political priorities of individual ministers rather than coherent policy decisions. It is also frequently affected by armed conflicts and clashes. There are reports of political interference in the judicial process, and [...]