(Witness): UNRWA statement regarding the decision of the Minister of Labor Did not adopt the demands of the Palestinian refugees to exempt them from the requirement to obtain a work permit

(Witness): UNRWA statement regarding the decision of the Minister of Labor Did not adopt the demands of the Palestinian refugees to exempt them from the requirement to obtain a work permit

(Witness): UNRWA statement regarding the decision of the Minister of Labor

Did not adopt the demands of the Palestinian refugees to exempt them from the requirement to obtain a work permit

 

The Palestinian Association for Human Rights (witness) issued a statement on 18 July 2019 entitled "Why UNRWA did not register a position on the decision of the Minister of Labor" demanding UNRWA administration to issue a clear position on the decision taken by the Lebanese Minister of Labor to impose a work permit on the Palestinian worker In Lebanon, and followed it by the closure of a number of institutions run by Palestinians. This decision also created a state of serious concern among the Palestinian employers and workers alike.

The Palestinian refugees then held large-scale protest on this decision, leading to mass demonstrations on Friday, 19 May 2019, and the closure of the entrance of products to the camps. The resolution also formed a formal and factionalism reaction of Lebanese and Palestinian that demands the minister to return to the previous formula or organize the Palestinian labor in a way that preserves their rights and dignity through a clear and consistent legal system.

More than seven days after the decision was issued and subsequent responses, UNRWA issued a statement supporting the minister's decision on the condition of obtaining work permits for Palestinian workers in Lebanon through a phrase that carries many risks and the absence of any future guarantee "Facilitating obtaining permits" and not canceling this requirement.

"UNRWA urges the Lebanese authorities to take the necessary measures, including those that facilitate the granting of work permits for Palestine refugees, taking into account the specific situation of those refugees in Lebanon." UNRWA looks forward to finding solutions to this and other issues in an atmosphere of dialogue and justice.”

We at the Palestinian Association for Human Rights (witness) demand that the UNRWA administration stand on the demands of the Palestinian people and their political forces, which are summarized in this current round of struggle by exempting the refugee from the requirement of obtaining a work permit since they are refugees and not foreigners, and to benefit from social security benefits in clear fairness, and allow Palestinian refugees to work in liberal professions such as engineering, medicine, pharmacy and others.

Beirut, 20/7/2019

Palestinian Association for Human Rights (witness)