At the end of a twelve-day mission to Lebanon, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier de Schutter, criticised the authorities’ inaction towards the country's collapse. During a press conference held in Beirut on 12 November, Olivier de Schutter said that the Lebanese government “is failing its people” and “the country is at risk of becoming a failed state.”
While the UN estimates that around 80% of the Lebanese population now lives below the poverty line, the government, formed last September after long months of political convulsion, continues to progressively reduce subsidies on medicines and flour while the Lebanese pound has lost 90% of its value on the black market since the crisis began in autumn 2019. The rationing scheme promised by the authorities to compensate for the reduction and cancellation of subsidies has still not been implemented, due to lack of funding.
It is worth noting that, according to the latest data from the Lebanese government, the price of basic food has almost quadrupled in one year.