Location : Beyrouth
Creation : 2006
Local issues : Lebanon is facing an extremely difficult sociopolitical and economic situation. Hindered by external factors, including the Syrian conflict, the country faces a long political crisis. With a population of 4 million, the country must face a challenge with more than one million Syrian refugees, constituting one quarter of its total population. Other than a unstable conditions, the country is faced with recurrent problems. The issue of torture remains particularly significant. While Lebanon has ratified the Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as well as its optional Protocol, the UN Committee against Torture has found, following a visit in October 2014, that it remained a ‘largely widespread practice’.