The National Institution for Human Rights (NIHR) in Lebanon announced in a statement that it observed various municipalities’ actions that are classified as violations of human rights, especially against Syrian refugees.
The Complaints Commission is investigating one of these violations within the Dekweneh municipality reported by a non-governmental organization.
The commission called on the local authorities to undo any racism-based decisions such as forced displacement or curfews for refugees.
It pointed out that the Lebanese authorities have not taken serious measures to ban and punish hate speech and incitement to racial hatred or racial discrimination, especially against refugees, displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons.
The Commission also announced that the Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited an NGO shelter for domestic workers victims of violence, following intel about mistreatment and mismanagement in this shelter.
The committee is scheduled to issue its report on this visit and make recommendations to the various concerned parties.
The commission called on the government of Najib Mikati to work without procrastination or delay in activating the National Commission for Human Rights.