New Lebanese Minister of Labor backs change to discriminatory laws against Palestinian refugees

RAMALLAH, Saturday, September 18, 2021 (WAFA) – The Minister of Labor of Lebanon’s new government, Mustafa Bayram, said today that he supports changing laws that discriminate against Palestinian refugees living in his country.

He told Palestine TV that he would do everything possible to ensure that the Palestinian people do not remain subjected to injustice or treated unfairly in their host country.

Nearly half a million Palestinian refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, half of them living in 12 refugee camps in conditions disastrous characterized by overcrowding, poor housing conditions, unemployment, poverty and lack of access to justice. Palestinians in Lebanon do not enjoy several important rights; for example, they cannot exercise up to 39 professions and cannot own property.

Most receive assistance from UNRWA in the country, including cash assistance, education, health care and protection.

“I say to my Palestinian friends: I will be their voice of support when (their situation) is brought before the cabinet,” the labor minister said, adding that he would do what he can “to amend the laws who deny justice to Palestinians in Lebanon regarding labor rights in a way that does not conflict with Lebanese laws and the best interests of the Lebanese worker. Bayram said he would spare “no effort. effort “to cooperate with others” who have constructive suggestions on this issue “in order to remove” the obstacles that prevent real progress in the issue of labor rights for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. “He stressed that the Palestinian is a catalyst in the revitalization of the Lebanese economy as he lives and works in Lebanon and contributes to the development of the Lebanese economy.

Bayram’s statements came as Palestinians marked the 39th anniversary of the massacre of several thousand Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Beirut in 1982, immediately after the Israeli occupation of the Lebanese capital.


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