ALEF publishes its Annual Report

April 10, 2019 ALEF – Act for Human Rights published its annual report on the most critical challenges and developments to human rights in Lebanon in 2018. Dr. Elie Abou Aoun, ALEF’s Secretary General, highlighted some positive, although delayed, steps which were taken by Lebanese authorities promoting in human rights. These included holding the Parliamentary [...]

It’s Part of the Job

This report focuses on torture and ill-treatment by the Internal Security Forces (ISF) which is Lebanon’s main police force, and in particular the Drug Repression Bureau and members of the ISF who enforce “morality-related” laws against drug users, sex workers, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Link to Report

The “Right” to a fair trial

This report aims to present reasons as to why people generally do not have the right to a fair trial, and aims to explain the fair administration of justice from a more realistic approach. Link to Report

Unequal and Unprotected

This report highlights the discriminatory nature of Lebanese Personal Status Laws, and the challenges that these pose to women in Lebanon. Link to Report

Legal Aid in Lebanon

This report presents findings on the state of legal aid in Lebanon, and gives recommendations to improve the legal aid system in Lebanon. Link to Report

Women Behind Bars: Arbitrary Detention and Torture Lebanon

This report presents the reality of the situation of women in detention in Lebanon. It specifically highlights occurrences of torture and arbitrary detention. Link to Report

Promoting the rule of law and integrity in the Arab world

This report offers a contextual background on the state of the judiciary in Lebanon, analyzes the principles which govern it, and presents needed policy recommendations. Link to Report

Lebanon: 3rd year of detention without trial of a female inmate in Baabda prison

This report documents the case of Mrs. Badria Abu Meri who had not been brought before a court for three years after her arrest. Link to Report

Lebanon immigration Detention

This report  investigates the use of immigration-related detention in Leanon's detention centers, presenting several cases where these detainees' right to a fair trial was violated. Link to Report

Guarantees during Court Proceedings, Detention and Appeal

Through the adoption of contemporary international procedures, the Lebanese legal system in theory guarantees due process and fair trials.  The  justice system now allows for civil lawsuits without recourse to the Sharia, the right to legal counsel in any criminal case, and an absolute protection against “double jeopardy”—a defendant may not be prosecuted twice for [...]