Lebanon elected a president in October 2016, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum during which political institutions remained paralyzed. The government’s failure to provide basic services, including waste management, sparked protests, with some protesters prosecuted before military courts. Others who spoke out against the government were subject to criminal defamation laws. Detainees continued to suffer ill-treatment and torture, but in one welcome development, in October parliament established a National Human Rights Institute and preventative mechanism against torture. New residency policies introduced in January 2015 caused an estimated 60 percent of Syrian refugees to lose status, restricting their movement, ability to work, access to healthcare, and school.

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Stop Burning Waste in Lebanon

Stop Burning Waste in Lebanon

Lebanon’s ongoing waste management crisis poses serious health risks for the country’s residents.

Despite protests calling for an end to the garbage crisis, more than 150 dumps across Lebanon are openly burning trash at least once a week. Older people and children are most at risk. Doctors say the burning leads to respiratory illnesses and could increase the risk of developing cancer as a result of sustained inhalation of smoke. The government of Lebanon can and should stop the burning and manage the waste in a way that respects health and meets environmental standards.

Parliament is finally considering a national solid waste management law that would ban the open dumping and burning of waste. Take action today and tell the government to #StopTheBurning!