Lebanon

Despite Lebanon’s vibrant civil society and media sector, criticising the government can still lead to defamation charges. Lebanese media is diverse but outlets are often aligned with sectarian and regional powers. For many years political crisis preventing the election of a president stalled progress on human rights reforms, including an access to information law. When Lebanon finally elected a president in October 2016, the access to Information law was adopted soon after. Much work remains to implement the law, but it is an important step towards transparency. The political impasse and paralysis also fuelled corruption, triggering widespread social protests in 2015 at the government’s failure to provide basic services, with Lebanon’s most marginalized groups including rural communities, unemployed youth, and people with disabilities participating in the protests. Some protesters were prosecuted in military courts. LGBTQI groups reported physical threats during the annual Pride March, and a lack of protection from authorities.

ARTICLE 19 monitors the status of freedom of expression in Lebanon and its access to information obligations. We analyse the implications of Lebanon’s Access to Information legislation for minority groups, particularly for people with disabilities. We also monitor the increasing prevalence of digital threats, surveillance tactics and attacks on sexual and gender minority groups by working directly with local groups and experts.

Apps, arrests and abuses in Egypt, Lebanon and Iran
07.03.2018 1 min read

Apps, arrests and abuses in Egypt, Lebanon and Iran

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22.02.2018 1 min read

Lebanon: Your rights and what to do if arrested LGBTQ factsheet

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22.02.2018 1 min read

Lebanon: The laws that affect you LGBTQ factsheet

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22.02.2018 1 min read

Lebanon: Sexual health LGBTQ factsheet

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22.02.2018 2 min read

Apps, arrests and abuse in Egypt, Lebanon and Iran

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Apps and traps: dating apps must do more to protect LGBTQ communities in Middle East and North Africa
22.02.2018 15 min read

Apps and traps: dating apps must do more to protect LGBTQ communities in Middle East and North Africa

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24.02.2017 2 min read

Lebanon: Right of Access to Information Law a major step despite enforcement challenges

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Lebanon: Special Tribunal ignores press freedoms
28.09.2015 5 min read

Lebanon: Special Tribunal ignores press freedoms

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Lebanon: Disability and Access to Information
03.06.2015 8 min read

Lebanon: Disability and Access to Information

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