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Lebanon - OPCAT Situation

Updated 23.05.2013

Lebanon ratified the OPCAT in 2008. Following consultations at the domestic level, it was decided to establish a new National Human Rights Institution which would also perform the NPM mandate.

A draft NHRI legislation was introduced to the Parliament in January 2012 and is still being examined.

The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture visited Lebanon in 2010. The report has not been made public yet. A response was sent by the authorities in February 2012, which is also confidential.

The SPT member Lowell Patria Goddard is the SPT Focal Point for Lebanon.

Opcat status
OPCAT Ratification December 22, 2008
UNCAT Ratification October 5, 2000
SPT Member Ms Suzanne Jabbour (2011-2016)
NPM Designated

Under Consideration

Population 4 224 000
Area (sq km) 10 452
Number of prisons 30
Prison population 5 870
Quick links

SPT: Press release of the visit (24 May-2 June 2010). The report has not been made public.

UPR: Draft report of the Working Group (November 2010)