Strengthening the rule of law through improved human rights based criminal justice system in Lebanon

 

PROJECT DURATION :  January 2018 - December 2021           

EUROPEAN UNION CONTRIBUTION (TOTAL BUDGET PROJECT): €4,000,000

LOCATION: Lebanon

IMPLEMENTED BY: UNODC 

 

OBJECTIVE:

This project would seek to address Lebanon's low rule of law/human rights compliant performance in terms of handling adult's prisoners with offences related to terrorism with a particular attention to children. The specific interventions to address the challenge of violent extremism in prisons will be placed within the framework of broader prison efforts addressing detention conditions, prison management and the rehabilitation of prisoners and their reintegration into society. The overall objective of this initiative is therefore to strengthen rule of law, human rights observance and good governance in Lebanon in relation to children and adult's offenders in detention and after their release.  The specific objectives: (i) To manage adult's violent extremist prisoners in line with international standards; and (ii) To ensure effective criminal justice responses for children in detention including those associated with violent extremist groups. 

Based on the particularity of the children in detention with charges related to terrorism, the Action is divided into two separate components and various activities:

Component I: The management of adult's violent extremist prisoners in line with international standards. Outcomes:

- Capacity of detention services strengthened to manage violent extremist prisoners. Expected output: 

  • Institutional capacities of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Internal Security Forces (ISF), the GSO and the LAF strengthened to properly prevent, detect and address violent extremism in detention facilities/prisons
  • Prisoners file management system improved to encompass security information and results of individual classification procedures, including those tailored for violent extremist prisoners

 

- Improve detention conditions of children in conflict with the law improved with a particular attention to those accused of or convicted of violent extremism including terrorism-related offences. Expected output: 

  • The establishment of a new facility for children/boys in conflict with the law, in line with UN standards and norms and international best practices is supported
  • Treatment of all children deprived of their liberty, including those accused of, alleged or convicted of terrorist-related offences is improved in compliance with international standards and norms 
  • Rehabilitation and reintegration programmes enhanced/established to reach all children in detention and in the new established facility

 

- Promote and support the rehabilitation and social reintegration of released prisoners, in particular violent extremist adult prisoners. Expected output: 

  • Capacity of NGOs/CSOs/MoSA (Ministries of Social Affairs) to provide reintegration services is supported and improved to handle reintegration of persons with offences related to terrorism
  • Support community-based reintegration approaches

 

Component II: Effective criminal justice responses for children in detention including those associated with violent extremist groups. Outcomes:

- Detention conditions of children in conflict with the law improved with a particular attention to those accused of or convicted of violent extremism including terrorism-related offences. Expected output: 

  • The establishment of a new facility for children/boys in conflict with the law, in line with UN standards and norms and international best practices is supported
  • Treatment of all children deprived of their liberty, including those accused of, alleged or convicted of terrorist-related offences is improved in compliance with international standards and norms  
  • Rehabilitation and reintegration programmes enhanced/established to reach all children in detention and in the new established facility

 

The project has many targets. The Action is designed to achieve development benefits to the criminal justice in general, and detention/prison facilities in particular, mainly those of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Defense, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Justice. Special consideration will be given to the needs of violent extremist adult prisoners and children recruited and exploited by terrorists and violent extremist groups and their families/communities. More specifically, direct beneficiaries the Action will be the officials entrusted with prison issues, who participate in technical assistance and/or training activities, namely:

  • Officials and staff of the Ministry of Interior and of the Ministry of Defence affiliated to the detention facilities (officers, guards, social workers, teachers) and other relevant Ministries (Justice, Social Affairs, and Education)
  • Military court
  • Staff from NGOs and CSOs
  • Families and communities

 

The project is implemented by UNODC as since 1999, UNODC has been providing technical support to the Lebanese government and has been involved in various successful Actions related to criminal justice with both the MoJ and MoI. However, the Action is envisioned within the larger framework of EU cooperation with the Government of Lebanon, and it is expected that the collective efforts of these partners, and the sharing of information and best practices, will ensure the feasibility and sustainability of the Action. Therefore, coordination of the activities, pooling of efforts and sharing of competencies and expertise with other UN agencies, specially UNICEF, and other relevant bodies (such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, Penal Reform International) is envisaged in order to enhance the Action's chances of success. The proposed initiatives of UNICEF and UNODC will complement each other. The two agencies will coordinate closely at all stages of Action development and implementation. This includes regular bilateral meetings on the scope of programming, beneficiaries and targets. The potential for overlap and duplication is therefore low. 

 

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CONTACT

UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa

Renee Sabbagh 

Project Coordinator

Tel: (+961-1) 96-2559

eMail:  renee.sabbagh@un.org