human rights council
June 13–July 8, 2022
Agenda Item 3
Promotion and protection of all human, civil,
political, economic, social and cultural rights,
including the right to development
Lebanon is plunged into one of the worst economic and financial crises in its history. The destruction of the national currency, exorbitant price increases and the collapse of the banking sector have led to the general impoverishment of the population against a background of sectarian political immobility. While most of the population now hopes to leave the country, those who remain and suffer the consequences have been pushed to the brink.
The Lebanese State, including its Central Bank, is responsible for the human rights violations, including the unnecessary impoverishment of the population, which have resulted from this man-made crisis. Pre-crisis Lebanon was already characterized by appalling levels of wealth concentration at the top; tax policies that promote evasion and benefit the rich; chronically neglected public education and health care services; an inadequate social protection system; and a failing electricity sector.
Lebanon must change course. The misery inflicted on the population can be reversed with leadership that places social justice, transparency and accountability at the heart of its actions. The international community can and should provide support, but such support will only have an impact if structural reforms are adopted to halt the process of impoverishment.