Advocacy / Lebanon

Lebanon: urgently and immediately cease the forced deportation of Syrian refugees

May 23, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins 11 civil society organisations in condemning and urging the Lebanese government to halt its forced deportations of Syrian refugees to areas inside Syria deemed unsafe.

Call on UNIFIL to publish investigation into Israeli attack on journalists in South Lebanon

March 29, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins victims and survivors of the October 13, 2023 Israeli attack on journalists in South Lebanon as well as local, regional and international civil society in urging the UNIFIL to publish its full investigation into the attack.

120+ local and international entities demand an independent investigation into Israel’s targeting of journalists in Lebanon

February 28, 2024

MENA Rights Group joins the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon and 120+ organisations in urging UN experts to demand an independent investigation into Israel's attacks against Lebanese journalists.

Lebanon: Seeking justice for migrants

February 06, 2024

On the "Global Day of CommemorAction", MENA Rights Group joins local civil society organisations in urging Lebanese authorities to investigate the April 2022 sinking of a migrant boat, to respect the principle of non-refoulement for asylum seekers and to provide safe and legal alternatives to irregular migration.

Lebanon: Proposed media law poses grave threat to freedom of expression

November 28, 2023

As part of the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon, MENA Rights Group calls on Lebanese authorities to ensure the new draft media law does not include provisions that restrict the right to freedom of expression, and that it meets international human rights standards.

Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon demands investigation into the assault on the Freedoms Protest

October 10, 2023

MENA Rights Group joins 9 organisations in condemning and calling on Lebanese authorities to investigate the assault on protesters and journalists on September 30, 2023.

Joint statement denouncing the use of drug charges to repress freedoms and liberties

September 15, 2023

MENA Rights Group joins 11 international and Lebanese civil society organisations in condemning the Lebanese authorities' use of drug charges as a tool to repress freedoms and liberties, particularly the recent interrogation and procedural violations against investigative journalist Mariam Lahham.

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Lebanon: Attack on freedoms targets LGBTI people

September 05, 2023

In the wake of a violent assault on a LGBTI-friendly bar in Beirut, Lebanese authorities are attacking the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. As part of the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon, we call on the Lebanese authorities to immediately scrap the proposed anti-LGBTI laws and end the ongoing attacks on basic freedoms.

Lebanon: Comedian arrested for critical jokes

August 31, 2023

In a worrying trend of escalating attacks on free expression, Lebanese authorities arrested comedian Nour Hajjar for jokes critical of the government. As part of the Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon, MENA Rights Group calls on authorities to drop the charges against Hajjar and to abolish laws criminalising insults and criticism of authorities.

Beirut blast: joint letter to the UN Human Rights Council calling for international fact-finding mission

August 03, 2023

An open letter from Lebanese and international organisations, survivors and families of victims urging the Permanent Representative of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council to support the adoption of a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council at its 54th regular session to establish an international, independent and impartial fact-finding mission into human rights violations related to the Beirut port explosion of 4 August 2020.