The failure to address huge crises in Lebanon by its authorities has resulted in the country’s “most drastic deterioration of rights in decades,” Human Rights Watch announced on Wednesday.
In its annual report “World Report 2021”, the global human rights watchdog criticized the Lebanese government for its corrupt governance amid continuous crises on multiple fronts including the economic and health sectors that exacerbated the country’s poverty rate in 2020.
“With each passing day, the lives of Lebanon’s citizens, migrants, and refugees are becoming more unbearable,” Aya Majzoub, HRW’s Lebanon researcher said.
Authorities have stated that the explosion was caused by the ignition of around 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive material, stored in a warehouse at the port for seven years.
However, over 5 months later and there has not been any official held accountable for the tragedy, leaving unanswered questions from the victim’s families.
HRW also emphasized that the state has not reimbursed its dues to hospitals at a time when they are faced with two crises:
First, a financial crisis that has made paying for medical equipment and supplies extremely challenging as foreign currency dried out from the local market. And second, the nationwide crisis of the coronavirus pandemic.