The Ministry of Culture, with the help of the ISF & Interior Ministry, inaugurated a new library at the Barbar El Khazen prison for women in Verdun. The initiative is part of an ongoing project to provide inmates with better facilities and improve prison conditions in Lebanon.

Prisons in Lebanon are all extremely overcrowded and their state was once described as “a disgrace and dark record of Lebanon in the field of human rights”, as they do not need the minimum standards, are badly managed and severely neglected.

Let’s hope more initiatives like this one will follow. Few weeks ago, the new Beirut Bar chairman had organized a visit to Lebanese prisons and assessed the conditions of prisoners in collaboration with the ISF & Interior ministry.