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Beirut Blast – Statement of Lebanese CSOs

Beirut 7/8/2020 1. Beirut Explodes On August 4, 2020, Beirut was hit by the biggest explosion in its history, leading to more than 220 killed, seven thousand wounded, and tens of missing (according to the latest figures by the Ministry of Public Health) before the Lebanese army announced that it would stop the search for [...]

Lebanon’s Political rights and Freedoms: A submission to the Universal Periodic Review

The following report highlights Lebanon’s improvements and setbacks in a series of most pressing human rights issues throughout the implementation phase of the second cycle following Lebanon’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2015. The country, currently going through a series of crises such as the Lebanese protests that started on October 17, 2019, the financial [...]

Conditions of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

The deterioration of the financial and socio-economic situations in Lebanon, coupled by the Lebanese protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, will require much humanitarian and development support to respond to the needs of refugees but as well the Lebanese host community. Social stability that is under threat while protection issues such as access to legal documentation, [...]

Conditions of Detention in Lebanon: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

In Lebanon, prisons and detention centers are chronically overcrowded. The World Prison Brief ranks the Lebanese prison and detention system as the 34 most overcrowded in the world. Severe overcrowding in prisons and detention centers has resulted in conditions that pose a significant threat to the health, safety, and dignity of detainees. Only Roumieh prison [...]

The Situation of Civil Rights in Lebanon: A Joint Submission to the UPR

Lebanon has ratified most of the international human rights conventions including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (2000) and its Protocol (2008). Lebanon does not implement article 6 of the ICCPR. According to the Human Rights Committee, states [...]

Threats to Civic Space: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

This submission is presented for consideration as part of the Universal Periodic Review Stakeholder Report. It includes a summary of the human rights conditions in Lebanon along with recommendations on how the Lebanese government can improve these conditions and put an end to violations. This report on freedom of religion and belief, freedom of expression [...]

Access to Education: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

This submission is presented for consideration as part of the Universal Periodic Review Stakeholder Report. It includes a summary of the human rights conditions in Lebanon along with recommendations on how the Lebanese government can improve these conditions and put an end to violations Lebanon was among the first that signed the Convention on the [...]

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2020

As the world comes together today and shows its support for victims of torture, ALEF act for human rights calls on the government to reaffirm its commitment to eradicating torture in Lebanon. To this extent, there are three critical steps that must be taken by the government, legislature, and judiciary to root out torture. Firstly, [...]

اليوم العالمي لدعم ضحايا التعذيب 2020

في الوقت الذي يقف العالم متحدًّا لدعم ضحايا التعذيب، تدعو منظمة ألف - تحرك من أجل حقوق الانسان الحكومة إلى إعادة تأكيد التزامها استئصال التعذيب من لبنان الأمر الذي يستوجب اتخاذ خطواتٍ أساسيّةً ثلاث على مستوى الحكومة والسلطة التشريعيّة والقضاء لاجتثاث جذور التعذيب. بدايةً، يجب إصلاح نظام الاعتقال في لبنان بهدف الحدّ من التوقيف قبل المحاكمة [...]

تعرب ألف – تحرّك من أجل حقوق الإنسان عن قلقها الشديد حيال القرار المزعوم الذي صدر مؤخرًا بشأن الملاحقة الجنائيّة لكلّ من ينتقد رئيس الجمهوريّة مما من شأنه، في حال ثبتت صحّته، أن يحدّ من حريّة التعبير في لبنان.

بتاريخ 16 حزيران/يونيو 2020، أفاد موقع Lebanon Debate بأنّ المدعي العام التمييزي القاضي غسّان عويدات هدد بإقامة ملاحقة "جنائيّة" بحقّ أي فردٍ متورّط في نشر تعليقات "عدائيّة" على وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي بحق رئاسة الجمهوريّة. في حال تأكّدت صحّة هذا القرار، فسيشكّل صفعةً جديّة للحريّات في لبنان. فعند انتخاب الرئيس ميشال عون، أشادت ألف بالإعلان الصادر [...]