Amid these unusual conditions and the deterioration of the economic situation, the Lebanese authorities are intensifying their security measures, fearing security disruptions. However, these measures often target Syrian refugees in the country in an arbitrary and discriminatory way and with excessive and disproportionate use of force during raids and searches.
This report includes ACHR’s documentation which confirms the violations committed against human rights in the context of security measures taken by the Lebanese authorities to achieve security and stability in the country.
The Lebanese government must ensure that respect for human rights is at the heart of any security measures taken to protect individuals and ensure that the methods used to fight security threats do not violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment, nor should illicit, arbitrary, inconsistent or discriminatory restrictions be imposed on refuges’ rights to freedom, movement, privacy, family life, and work.
ACHR stresses that the use of force in law enforcement operations should be extremely limited and governed by international rules and standards. ACHR also calls for holding accountable those responsible for any violations during the raid operations of Syrian refugee homes, reviewing policies and measures related to using force to avoid future violations, and training all security forces participating in these raids.
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