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(Geneva, September 10, 2018) - Over a year ago, in May 2017, Lebanon underwent its first review by the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT).

On April 5, 2018, the UN Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) published its Concluding Observations after reviewing Lebanon’s implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – ratified by Lebanon in 1972 – during an interactive dialogue in March 2018.

Ahead of Lebanon’s third periodic review before the UN Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) on March 15 and 16, 2018, Alkarama submitted its shadow report on February 12, evaluating the situation of civil and political rights in the country.

Our concerns
  • Recurrent violations of the fundamental rights and guarantees of individuals arrested by the internal security forces and the armed forces, particularly in cases of counter-terrorism or of criticism towards the authorities;
  • Disproportionate use of force against peaceful demonstrators and reprisals against activists and cyber-activists for any criticism of the government and security services of the country.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
ICCPR Ratification Date
Individual Complaint procedure with the Human Rights committee (ICCPR Optional protocol 1) Ratified ?
Second Optional Protocol of ICCPR (abolition of death penalty) ratified ?
Date last Concluding Observations by Human Rights Committee
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
OPCAT (National Preventive Mechanism) Ratified ?
National Preventive Mechanism (OPCAT) created ?
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
UNCAT Art 22 (Individual Complaint procedure) Ratified ?
Date of last Concluding Observations by Committee against Torture (CAT)
Next CAT State Report Due
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review
National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)