Press Release

Bachelet sounds alarm over Lebanon economic crisis, calls for urgent and unified response

10 July 2020

  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet today warned of the crippling impact of the socio-economic crisis on Lebanon’s population.
  • Bachelet urged the Government, political parties and the financial sector to work together to ensure the protection of the poorest and most vulnerable.

Vulnerable Lebanese, in addition to other vulnerable groups such as refugees and migrant workers, are increasingly unable to meet their basic needs, she said. “This situation is fast spiralling out of control, with many already destitute and facing starvation as a direct result of this crisis,” Bachelet said.

“The growing economic shocks, coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19, have touched all sections of society. Many have lost jobs, seen their life-savings evaporate before their eyes and lost their homes."

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Bachelet sounds alarm over Lebanon economic crisis, calls for urgent and unified response

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