Palestinian refugees resident in Lebanon continue to face discrimination and to be denied access to adequate housing and certain categories of employment. Over half of Palestinian refugees live in decaying and chronically overcrowded camps or in informal gatherings that lack basic infrastructure. Women continue to face widespread discrimination in public and private life. Neither the legal system nor the policies and practices of the state provide adequate protection from violence in the family.
Discriminatory practices are permitted under personal status laws, nationality laws, and provisions of the Penal Code relating to violence in the family. Migrant domestic workers continue to receive inadequate protection from workplace exploitation and physical and psychological abuse, including sexual abuse. Lebanon retains the death penalty.