Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Lebanon Amends Labor Law

Two days ago I wrote about the difficulties under which Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon, and although I daresay that life will go on pretty much as usual for most Palestinian refugees who are still undereducated and lack basic social and civil rights, today Lebanon took a small step forward nevertheless.

The Lebanese Parliament voted to amend article 59 of the Labor Law and grant Palestinian refugees the right to work some professions that have been barred to them until today.

About time.

Update: I must admit that I didn't fully understand the Arabic article I got the information from. At the time of writing, there were no English articles available, but now there are. And it turns out that while the amendment to the labor law permits Palestinian refugees to work in the private sector, they are still not allowed to have jobs in the public sector, or in medicine, law or engineering.

Public health care and state education facilities also remain unavailable for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

So when all is said and done, thanks to the Christian factions in Lebanon, the country keeps falling far behind its neighboring countries when it comes to granting Palestinian refugees even the most basic rights.

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