Lebanon Election to be held on June 7th

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Lebanon is due to hold its national elections in about two weeks on June 7th. This is a unique opportunity for the country’s political leaders to commit themselves and their parties to introducing long-needed human rights reforms.

There are five key areas that the new government elected on June 7th should focus on for reform: creation of a Special Tribunal for Lebanon within the justice system, an end to arbitrary detention and torture, addressing the impunity of past human rights abuses, ending discrimination and violence against women and other marginalized groups, and abolition of the death penalty. You can find out more details on these key reform issues here.

To date, there have been several positive human rights advances in Lebanon, including the Parliament’s drafting of a Human Rights Action Plan. Candidates should embrace these developments and take advantage of this opportunity to implement a clear, comprehensive human rights agenda should they be elected into office.

To learn more about the candidates and the election, click here.

Samah Choudhury contributed to this post

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8 thoughts on “Lebanon Election to be held on June 7th

  1. Lebanon has a much more important reform to make than any mentioned in this article.

    As detailed in numerous Amnesty International reports on Lebanon, Lebanon is probably the single most racist country on earth, and practices a viscous form of apartheid against Palestinians

    Reference from Amnesty International's own reports detailing Lebanese Apartheid :
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE18/017/

    “Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns
    Amnesty International considers that the following concerns point to contraventions of Lebanon’s obligations under international human rights law:
    1.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against as compared with other non-citizens with regards to the rights to own and inherit property;
    2.Palestinians in Lebanon are restricted from rebuilding or redeveloping refugee camps due to government-imposed restrictions;
    3.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against in relation to other non-citizens with regards to the right to work, education and the right to social security;
    4.Discrimination levied against Palestinians in relation to the rights to own and inherit property and the right to work, creates conditions where Palestinians refugees are forced to live in poverty.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT79/003

    Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are discriminated against and harassed on a daily basis. They have been stripped of all basic human rights, 75% are below the poverty line according to the UN, and they are liable to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, harassed and tortured by security forces.

    More than 10% of Lebanon's population, living there for more than 60 years and three generations of Palestinians born in Lebanon, Palestinians have been viscously racially discriminated in every conceivable way by Lebanon.

    Stop the Lebanese Apartheid Now !!

  2. Lebanon has a much more important reform to make than any mentioned in this article.

    As detailed in numerous Amnesty International reports on Lebanon, Lebanon is probably the single most racist country on earth, and practices a viscous form of apartheid against Palestinians

    Reference from Amnesty International's own reports detailing Lebanese Apartheid :
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE18/017/

    “Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns
    Amnesty International considers that the following concerns point to contraventions of Lebanon’s obligations under international human rights law:
    1.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against as compared with other non-citizens with regards to the rights to own and inherit property;
    2.Palestinians in Lebanon are restricted from rebuilding or redeveloping refugee camps due to government-imposed restrictions;
    3.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against in relation to other non-citizens with regards to the right to work, education and the right to social security;
    4.Discrimination levied against Palestinians in relation to the rights to own and inherit property and the right to work, creates conditions where Palestinians refugees are forced to live in poverty.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT79/003

    Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are discriminated against and harassed on a daily basis. They have been stripped of all basic human rights, 75% are below the poverty line according to the UN, and they are liable to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, harassed and tortured by security forces.

    More than 10% of Lebanon's population, living there for more than 60 years and three generations of Palestinians born in Lebanon, Palestinians have been viscously racially discriminated in every conceivable way by Lebanon.

    Stop the Lebanese Apartheid Now !!

  3. Lebanon has a much more important reform to make than any mentioned in this article.

    As detailed in numerous Amnesty International reports on Lebanon, Lebanon is probably the single most racist country on earth, and practices a viscous form of apartheid against Palestinians

    Reference from Amnesty International's own reports detailing Lebanese Apartheid :
    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE18/017/

    “Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns
    Amnesty International considers that the following concerns point to contraventions of Lebanon’s obligations under international human rights law:
    1.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against as compared with other non-citizens with regards to the rights to own and inherit property;
    2.Palestinians in Lebanon are restricted from rebuilding or redeveloping refugee camps due to government-imposed restrictions;
    3.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against in relation to other non-citizens with regards to the right to work, education and the right to social security;
    4.Discrimination levied against Palestinians in relation to the rights to own and inherit property and the right to work, creates conditions where Palestinians refugees are forced to live in poverty.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT79/003

    Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are discriminated against and harassed on a daily basis. They have been stripped of all basic human rights, 75% are below the poverty line according to the UN, and they are liable to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, harassed and tortured by security forces.

    More than 10% of Lebanon's population, living there for more than 60 years and three generations of Palestinians born in Lebanon, Palestinians have been viscously racially discriminated in every conceivable way by Lebanon.

    Stop the Lebanese Apartheid Now !!

  4. Lebanon has a much more important reform to make than any mentioned in this article.

    As detailed in numerous Amnesty International reports on Lebanon, Lebanon is probably the single most racist country on earth, and practices a viscous form of apartheid against Palestinians

    Reference from Amnesty International’s own reports detailing Lebanese Apartheid :

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE18/017/2003

    “Summary of Amnesty International’s Concerns
    Amnesty International considers that the following concerns point to contraventions of Lebanon’s obligations under international human rights law:
    1.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against as compared with other non-citizens with regards to the rights to own and inherit property;
    2.Palestinians in Lebanon are restricted from rebuilding or redeveloping refugee camps due to government-imposed restrictions;
    3.Palestinians in Lebanon are de jure and de facto discriminated against in relation to other non-citizens with regards to the right to work, education and the right to social security;
    4.Discrimination levied against Palestinians in relation to the rights to own and inherit property and the right to work, creates conditions where Palestinians refugees are forced to live in poverty.”

    http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT79/003/2004/en/cab17b68-d5ec-11dd-bb24-1fb85fe8fa05/act790032004en.html

    Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are discriminated against and harassed on a daily basis. They have been stripped of all basic human rights, 75% are below the poverty line according to the UN, and they are liable to be arbitrarily arrested, detained, harassed and tortured by security forces.

    More than 10% of Lebanon’s population, living there for more than 60 years and three generations of Palestinians born in Lebanon, Palestinians have been viscously racially discriminated in every conceivable way by Lebanon.

    Stop the Lebanese Apartheid Now !!