Reinforcing Human Rights and Democracy in Lebanon -

Penal Reform Focusing on Prison Reform

Project Duration: 01/04/2011 - 31/03/2014

Total Budget: US$ 2,747,253

Donor: The European Union

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Lebanon



Ministry of Justice

Ministry of Interior

Ministry of Social Affairs

Ministry of Health

Ministry of Education

Civil Society Organisations

Non-Governmental Organisations

Target Groups

  1. General prisoners held in detention centres and other prison facilities, and their families; special consideration will be given to the needs of female detainees particularly pregnant women and women with children, and detainees with drug abuse problems
  2. Officials entrusted with prison issues who participate in technical assistance or training activities namely:
  • Officials and staff of the Ministry of Justice and other relevant Ministries;
  • Staff in the prison system;
  • NGOs.

Outline and Objectives

The aim of this project is to establish the foundations for a long-term penal reform process, and to enhance the current process of penal reform by further strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to manage the country's penal system. The immediate objectives include:

  1. Building on the positive impact of activities and achievements undertaken under Phase I of " Improving the Criminal Justice System through Support to Penal Reform" Project
  2. To continue support of the prison administration within the Ministry of Justice for the improvement of detention conditions, and to expand activities  from Roumieh to other locations including Bekaa, the South, the North, Beirut, and Mount Lebanon.

Key Achievements

  • The development of a legal review for the current law with relevant recommendations to implement alternative measures.
  • The expansion of the prison data programme (BASEM) to include Tripoli and Zahle prisons.
  • Report generation to be used by national authorities on the prison situation.
  • The development of the first draft of the prison staff curricula.
  • Improved capacity and expertise of prison staff.
  • Improved juvenile vocational workshop and remuneration related bylaws drafted.
  • A proper mechanism for NGOs active in prisons developed with the aim to highlight the inmates' participation in rehabilitation activities.
  • An assessment report on rehabilitation programmes developed to prepare an appropriate strategy and action plan for the establishment of rehabilitation activities including income generating activities.

This project is funded by the European Union