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UNRWA changes health policy, angering Palestinians

BEIRUT: The implementation of a revised health care funding policy by UNRWA on June 1 was met with surprise and anger from Palestinian groups who believed negotiations were ongoing, with activists vowing to escalate protests in reaction. Following rounds of talks between UNRWA and Palestinian groups over adjustments to a new health policy, initially announced in December, the U.N. agency implemented the changes at the beginning of the month. However, Palestinian officials expressed surprise at the decision, despite UNRWA saying they had notified the parties in advance of the move. “We first suspended the policy on March 1 to give…

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Ethiopian national jumps from balcony in Tripoli

BEIRUT: An Ethiopian national allegedly jumped from the balcony of her employer's house in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday, local media reported. The woman, identified as S.H., jumped from the fifth floor of the house where she works as a maid in the city’s Abi Samra neighborhood, according to Al-Jadeed. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and is in critical condition.   Source & Link: Daily Star

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Disabled Rights

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المعوّقون يرفعون الصوت: كفى إهانة وتنكّراً لحقوقنا

مرّت 16 سنة على صدور قانون حقوق الأشخاص ذوي الإعاقة الرقم 2202000 ولا زالت مفاعيله التطبيقية حبراً على ورق. تتجاهل الدولة اللبنانية حقوق أكثر من 4 في المئة من اللبنانيين، وتذهب إلى حدّ تبرير كلّ ما يحدث لهم، مهما كان مؤذياً ومهيناً، باعتباره «قضاءً وقدراً». هكذا علّقت مصادر في وزارة الداخلية والبلديات على حادثة وفاة شخصين اثنين من المسنّين في الدورة الأخيرة للانتخابات البلدية والاختيارية في محافظة الشمال. تُوفي رجل ثمانينيّ في أحد مراكز الاقتراع في الزاهرية ـ طرابلس عند اضطراره الصعود إلى الطبقة الثالثة للإدلاء بصوته عبر درج حاد الانحدار. وقضت امرأة أخرى اختناقاً في أحد مراكز الاقتراع في…

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Disabled Rights

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Failure to accommodate disabled voters at polls sparks ire

BEIRUT: During recent municipal elections, monitors documented a total of 646 different violations and encroachments of laws intended to protect the rights of disabled voters, prompting rights groups to call for action and accountability. “There has been a record of 108 violations for having high, steep stairs or not having ballot boxes on ground levels,” said Yasser Ammar, a member of the Lebanese Physically Handicapped Union. He said conditions took a toll on handicapped voters in the recent polls. The union has collaborated with the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections in a final call for action before more serious measures…

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Disabled Rights

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Les « municipales de l’humiliation » pour les handicapés et les personnes âgées

Un rapport accablant de la Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union rendu public hier recense 646 infractions de toutes sortes commises durant les élections municipales à l'encontre des électeurs handicapés, mais également de ceux du troisième âge, vulnérables eux aussi.   Les dernières élections municipales au Liban ont montré à quel point les handicapés et les personnes âgées sont mis au ban de la société. Car, pour pouvoir se rendre aux bureaux de vote, il vaut mieux être en bonne santé, c'est-à-dire disposer au moins de ses jambes et ne pas souffrir de problèmes cardiaques très graves afin de pouvoir gravir les…

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Réfugiés syriens : lancement d’un appel aux donateurs à honorer rapidement leurs engagements

Les pays donateurs du congrès qui s'est tenu à Londres le 4 février dernier (Grande-Bretagne, Allemagne, Koweït et Norvège) au profit des réfugiés syriens au Liban viennent d'adresser aux pays qui y ont assisté une lettre leur demandant d'honorer rapidement leurs engagements financiers, dans la perspective ouverte par le Sommet mondial de l'action humanitaire qui s'est tenu à Istanbul. Un rapport des réponses obtenues sera établi aussitôt, a promis l'ambassadeur de G-B au Liban, Hugo Shorter, sachant que le Liban s'était fait promettre l'octroi d'un fonds de 550 millions de dollars en 2016, pour l'exécution de trois projets de développement…

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Refugees seek help in chronic health issues

ZAHRANI, Lebanon: “Mom, when will I see you? I want to remove the eye patch,” 4-year-old Syrian refugee Farah Daba tells her mother Harba, who she only recognized by the sound of her voice. Farah Daba is just one of the many Syrians struggling to access vital health care as a result of their refugee status. Farah Daba was born with a visual impairment and couldn’t access treatment before her family fled Syria as a result of the ongoing war in the country. In the Aaqbiyeh area, on the Zahrani-Tyre road, Farah Daba still finds ways to play with her…

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Hunger and rodents greet NGO head visiting refugees

AQBIYEH, Lebanon: The head of a French NGO operating in Lebanon called on his government Monday to increase support for Syrian refugees in the country and to improve on humanitarian conditions in refugee camps following a visit to the south. “We [at the Secours Populaire] mix material help with calls to the French government and European authorities to tell them not to shut their eyes to this human tragedy,” said Julin Laprete, president of Secours Populaire. The French NGO established food dispensaries across south Lebanon to support refugees. Laprete’s remarks came as he visited the town of Aqbiyeh, south of…

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AUB and UNRWA Launch Survey on the Socioeconomic Status of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon

NNA - Today, the American University of Beirut (AUB), together with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), launched a "Survey on the Socioeconomic Status of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, 2015". This publication updates the original flagship report from 2010, with leading academic research and analysis by the AUB.  Commissioned by UNRWA, this survey was conducted in April 2015 across nearly 3,000 households of Palestine Refugees from Lebanon (PRL) and more than 1,000 households of Palestine Refugees from Syria in Lebanon (PRS).  This publication gives an in depth analysis of the living…

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