BEIRUT: Around 36 percent of inmates in Lebanese prisons are foreigners, caretaker Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi said in a statement Wednesday.
Qortbawi said that recent statistics gathered by his ministry in coordination with the Internal Security Forces and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime showed the total of number of inmates in Lebanese prisons is now 5343 people.
Syrians make up just over 18 percent of the population with 977 inmates, over 9 percent, 496 people are Palestinians and over 8 percent, 440 people are from various other nationalities, the statement said.
The statement also said that most of Lebanese prisons are poorly equipped to match international standards of jails.
The minister also called for a meeting for judges on Sept. 20 to discuss the issue of prisons.
Lebanon’s prison system is widely cited by human rights groups for its abuses, overcrowding and general poor treatment of inmates.