Lebanon

The security situation in Lebanon is deteriorating. Spillover violence from Syria’s war includes car and suicide bombings and Lebanon army clashes with Syria-based militant groups. Lebanon hosts more than 1 million Syrian refugees, but struggles to support them with insufficient international aid. The country’s democratic institutions are faltering – Lebanon failed to elect a president in 2014 and parliamentary elections were again postponed in 2014, this time until 2017. Freedom of expression is constrained. People report being tortured in detention. Women are discriminated against when it comes to divorce and child custody, and migrant domestic workers are excluded from the labor law.