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 Finance Ali Hassan Khalil has stated that his country is studying ways to manage public debt as part of the public finance reform plan. Lebanon has one of the largest public debt-to-GDP ratios in the world at around 150 percent and has suffered from years of low economic growth.
Lebanon has voted in favor of two UN resolutions that improve the treatment of refugees and migrants, but the displaced Syrian refugees in the country may not benefit, as they are not classified as refugees or even migrants.
Foreign migrants living in Lebanon have launched “Msh Gharib” (Not Foreign), a radio program which seeks to break stereotypes of migrants in the country. The migrants usually face much discrimination in the country due to their skin colour.
Prioritizing de-escalation in southern Syria appears to be the regional consensus, but the rebels’ opposition to any deals could lengthen the process. Syria’s south is home to 1.3 million Sunni, Christian and Druze minorities.
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.