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

February 1, 2021 • Press Release

Fresh Evidence of Police Misuse of Tear Gas Leading to Protesters’ Deaths and Injuries – Updated Investigative Website

Amnesty International today published new evidence of the misuse of tear gas by security forces in several countries in the second half of 2020, including during protests around the election in Uganda, the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, and in the repression of protesters in Lebanon.

August 11, 2020 • Press Release

Military and security forces in Lebanon attack unarmed protesters following explosions

Doctors who had attended the protests said they soon realized dozens of people required urgent medical care. They reported injuries and wounds on heads, faces, necks, arms, chests, backs, legs, and spleens. Doctors were also targeted with tear gas as they tried to treat injuries. Doctor Elie Saliba told Amnesty International that he was assaulted three times on August 8 while in Martyr’s Square: he was hit by a pump action pellet in the shoulder, then by a spray of pellets on the head and face, and then beaten by army officers.

August 5, 2020 • Press Release

Beirut explosion in Lebanon must be independently investigated

Responding to the devastating explosion in Beirut yesterday that killed scores of people and left thousands more injured, Julie Verhaar, Acting Secretary General of Amnesty International, said: “The horrific scenes …

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 …