Lebanon

On the Watchlist: Protest continue in Lebanon; activists, journalists targeted by government

Despite the formation of the new government, Lebanon has entered its fifth month of protests with no end in sight. Throughout February 2020, protestors continued to demonstrate on a daily and weekly basis to denounce the social and economic repercussions of the crises. The systemtic use of excessive force by security forces has continued. It is reported that security forces used batons, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to disperse protestors on a number of occasions. Journalists and activists are now being targeted by the government and summoned for interrogation for their participation in the revolution. Read more

On the Watchlist: Protest continue in Lebanon; activists, journalists targeted by government

Lebanon: Unprecedented use of violence in anti-government protests

It’s been more than 100 days into the Lebanese revolution, which has mostly been characterised as peaceful. However, many cases of excessive use of force have been documented by activists. Read more

Lebanon: Unprecedented use of violence in anti-government protests

Citizens in Lebanon take to the streets to protest dire economic conditions

On 29th September 2019, hundreds of people took to the streets protesting against dire economic conditions. Read more

Citizens in Lebanon take to the streets to protest dire economic conditions

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

This update covers the period between January 2019 and May 2019 and highlights incidents of attempts by a military tribunal to imprison a journalist for criticising the security forces on social media; raids by security forces, defamation lawsuit and attacks on media outlets; and continuous restrictions by the authorities of the space for LGBTQ community by blocking online dating app Grindr; while anti-austerity measures peaceful protesters were being dispersed through the use of water cannons. Read more

Arrests, office raids and internet restrictions as Lebanon continue crackdown on media freedom

Media Independence threatened as 80% Politically Affiliated

Report released in December 2018 by the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM), reveals high political affiliation of the media in Lebanon. In this environment of threatened media independence, violations against journalists remain a serious concern. Read more

Media Independence threatened as 80% Politically Affiliated

Newspaper reacts to deteriorating civic space

On 11th October 2018, the media outlet, Annahar printed a blank newspaper. The action was a protest to decry the "deteriorating conditions in the country at all levels." Read more

Newspaper reacts to deteriorating civic space

CSO conference takes place despite attempts to close it down

In early October 2018, a conference organised by civil society stirred controversy. The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality's (AFE) meeting gathered 100 activists from 12 countries. Called NEDWA, it was the sixth annual meeting focused on gender rights in the region. Yet, AFE faced opposition from Lebanese authorities. The CSO noted that Lebanese security forces and a religious group tried to close the meeting. Read more

CSO conference takes place despite attempts to close it down

CIVICUS Monitor Speaks to Lebanese Center for Human Rights

To learn more about the situation for freedom of expression in Lebanon, the CIVICUS Monitor recently spoke to a Lebanese human rights defender. Drawing attention to the detention of online activists, he expresses dismay at a growing climate of self-censorship among Lebanese civil society and calls on the international community to step up efforts in shaming Lebanon authorities for reneging on their commitments to freedom of expression. Read more

CIVICUS Monitor Speaks to Lebanese Center for Human Rights

Human rights defenders harrassed and arbitrarily detained

The head of a Palestinian rights organisation and an LGBTI activist were recently harassed and briefly detained for interrogation because of their human rights work. Read more

Human rights defenders harrassed and arbitrarily detained

2017 - "a bad year for journalists" in Lebanon and 2018 already cause for concern

Restrictions on press freedom in Lebanon have been highlighted by the Syndicate of Journalists, referring to 2017 as “a bad year for journalists”. Read more

2017 - "a bad year for journalists" in Lebanon and 2018 already cause for concern