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.
Lebanese Minister of Interior, Raya al-Hassan, said that the security situation is at least 90% better than what it was a few years ago. She credits the security forces for carrying out their duties and securing the country.
Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organisation, called on Lebanese authorities to amend the citizenship law that discriminates against Lebanese women married to foreigners. The law dictates that a Lebanese mother can not give citizenship to her children, while a Lebanese man, married to a foreigner, can.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.