Basel Al-Amin HRD, journalistAl-ItijahSend a message of solidarityRights: #Freedom of Expression#JournalismLocation: #LebanonBasel Al-Amin is a journalist working with Al-Itijah, an Iraqi news channel. He is also a student at the Lebanese International University. While Lebanon is one of the few countries in the Middle East and North Africa region where human rights defenders (HRDs) and international human rights NGOs have been able to operate, challenges persists in relation to freedom of association, assembly and expression. Moreover, the continuing civil conflict in Syria has fuelled sectarian polarisation in Lebanon and furthered the armed activities of Shi'i and Sunni militias. This situation has resulted in increasing security threats to HRDs, particularly those who document human rights abuses committed by non-state actors or the warring parties in Syria.