Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

23 April 2009

Lebanon's politicians urged to focus on human rights in election campaigns

Lebanon's politicians urged to focus on human rights in election campaigns
Lebanon's electorate goes to the polls in a national election on 7 June. Amnesty International has written an open letter to political leaders calling on them to put human rights at the centre of their election campaign.

In the letter published on Thursday, Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, urges political leaders in the country to firmly entrench the protection and promotion of human rights in both the law and in practice. The letter identifies five key steps:
  • Reform the justice system to ensure it is independent and to guarantee fair trials;
  • End all arbitrary detention and torture and other ill-treatment;
  • End impunity for grave human rights violations and establish mechanisms to ensure justice, truth and reparation for victims of past gross abuses of human rights;
  • End all discrimination and violence and other abuses against women and members of marginalised groups;
  • Enact legislation to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
Irene Khan also urged campaigning parties to display respect for freedom of expression, assembly and other rights essential to the conduct of political life during their campaigns.

Political divisions in Lebanon have hindered the full realization of human rights in the country.  
The June elections represent a new opportunity to build upon the period following the Doha Agreement of last May, the formation of the national unity government and the subsequent election of Michel Suleiman as President.  

There have been some positive human rights developments in the country in recent months.
In December 2008, Lebanon ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. In addition, a draft law to abolish the death penalty is now under active consideration.

The Lebanese authorities have also clearly recognized that concrete action is needed to improve the conditions of thousands of migrant domestic workers and hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees who live in the country.

The establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in February and the current parliament’s development of a national Human Rights Action Plan are two other potentially positive developments, which if built upon could help lead to a far-reaching programme of human rights reform.

Read More

Lebanon: Open letter to Lebanon’s political leaders urging them to place human rights at the centre of their election campaigns (23 April 2009)

Issue

Death Penalty 
Impunity 
Trials And Legal Systems 

Country

Lebanon 

Region

Middle East And North Africa 

@amnestyonline on twitter

News

25 July 2014

The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous... Read more »

24 July 2014

The prolonged execution of a prisoner in Arizona yesterday represents another wake-up call for authorities in the USA to abolish the death penalty, said Amnesty International... Read more »

22 July 2014

Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said.

Read more »
24 July 2014

Poland is the first European Union member state to be found complicit in the USA’s rendition, secret detention, and torture of alleged terrorism suspects, Amnesty International... Read more »

25 July 2014

Amnesty International's experts respond to some of the questions raised around the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Read more »