Political Dissident in Lebanon Granted Asylum

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2013

A recent decision of the RRT highlights the ongoing security issues in Lebanon and the potential for Lebanese citizens to be recognised as refugees.

The applicant had been kidnapped and beaten by Hezbollah and the reviewer was satisfied that as there had been no change to the security situation in Lebanon that this activity would likely continue if he were to be returned there. The reviewer noted the ongoing sectarian violence in Lebanon and harassment experienced by many at the hands of militant groups.

The reviewer accepted that the applicant was unable to obtain protection from the Lebanese authorities due to the power Hezbollah holds within the Lebanese state and that others will not be able to protect those targeted by Hezbollah. They also accepted given the size of Lebanon that the applicant could not reasonably relocate his family within Lebanon and avoid Hezbollah at the same time given their connections with security agencies.

This case is very similar to a number of asylum seekers who feared harm because of their political opinions whom our firm has represented.

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