Lebanon Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

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.

Lebanon Newsroom

April 14, 2020 • Press Release

Migrant domestic workers in Lebanon must be protected during COVID-19 pandemic

The Lebanese government must announce a set of immediate measures to protect migrant domestic workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amnesty International said today. The authorities must ensure that migrant domestic …

April 7, 2020 • Press Release

Workshop for media featuring Nazanin Boniadi and the Middle East Institute will examine COVID-19 impact on the Middle East and North Africa

As part of a series of workshops exploring human rights concerns related to the COVID-19 response, Amnesty International USA will be holding a workshop titled “The impact of COVID-19 on …

January 16, 2020 • Press Release

Arbitrary Arrests and Beatings of Protesters in Lebanon Must Immediately End

The Lebanese Internal Security Forces, including anti-riot police, used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on the nights of January 14 and 15, subjecting scores of protesters to brutal beatings and carrying out waves of arbitrary arrests of many peaceful protesters after two nights of clashes with a minority of protesters.

December 19, 2019 • Press Release

Lebanon Must Investigate Alarming Use of Force on Largely Peaceful Protests

The authorities in Lebanon must launch a thorough, independent and effective investigation into last Saturday’s violent crackdown on largely peaceful protesters – the most aggressive since nationwide anti-government demonstrations began two months ago, said Amnesty International today.

November 1, 2019 • Press Release

Investigate Excessive Use of Force Including Use of Live Ammunition to Disperse Protests in Lebanon

The Lebanese army used excessive force, including live fire, to disperse protests in northern Lebanon, seriously injuring at least two people according to eyewitness testimony and analysis of verified video footage, Amnesty International said today.

June 17, 2019 • Press Release

Report: Over Two Years Later, Families Still Left in Limbo After Trump’s Muslim Ban Face Impossible Circumstances

When President Trump signed what has become known as the Muslim ban during his first week in office, he set into motion a series of events that continue to leave …

June 17, 2019 • Report

The Mountain is in Front of Us and the Sea is Behind Us: The Impact of US Policies on Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

When President Trump signed what has become known as the Muslim ban during his first week in office, he set into motion a series of events that continue to leave …

February 26, 2019 • Report

Human rights in the Middle East and North Africa: A review of 2018

The international community’s chilling complacency towards wide-scale human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has emboldened governments to commit appalling violations during 2018 by giving them …

May 17, 2018 • Press Release

Crackdown on Beirut Pride an outrageous attempt to deny human rights of LGBTI people

The Lebanese authorities’ disruption of activities planned for Beirut Pride Week is an outrageous attempt to deny the human rights of LGBTI people, Amnesty International said today. The authorities cancelled events within the program launched to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and briefly arrested Beirut Pride Week’s organizer Hadi Damien.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.