The Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, announced that her ministry is planning on reforming Lebanon's overcrowded prisons. However, activists say that unless broad, structural reforms to the administration of the prisons are also passed, these reforms will only have a moderate impact.
Amnesty International has warned the Algerian government against the use of excessive force ahead of the massive anti-government protests. Citizens of Algeria have been calling for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to renounce his plans to extend his 20-year presidency.
The UN on Wednesday urged warring parties in Syria to allow basic health service deliveries to tens of thousands of increasingly desperate Syrians trapped in the desert near the Jordanian border. UNICEF said that two Syrian babies died near the Rukban border crossing over the past 48 hours.