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General Security waives residency fee for over million registered Syrian refugees

Over a million Syrian refugees in Lebanon will no longer have to pay a $200 renewal fee required to maintain residency in the country, General Security announced Friday. “Syrian refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before 2015 can now obtain a six-month residency permit for free,” General Security said in a statement. The new policy, once fully implemented, will waive the payment normally required for visas, meaning that Syrian refugees will be able to stay legally and without threat of arrest for visa violations. Aid agencies say the move will improve access to many services including…

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Syrian refugees fewer in 2016, but challenges greater: UNHCR

Despite a small decrease in the overall number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the vulnerable community is facing increased challenges, UNHCR announced this week in its final update for 2016. The report, an official update of work by major aid agencies on the Syrian crisis in Lebanon covering December 2016 to January 2017 and released Tuesday, marked another slight decrease in registered refugees to 1,011,366 – down 185,194 from a peak of 1,196,560 in April 2015. It also noted that $1.12 billion was allocated last year for agencies and the Lebanese government, less than half of the $2.48 billion…

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Non Palestinian refugees and Migrants

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Iraqi Christian refugees protest, seeking resettlement

Dozens of Iraqi Christian refugees in Lebanon protested outside the U.N. building in Downtown Beirut Monday, calling for faster resettlement abroad. Between 150 and 200 demonstrators gathered outside the U.N. ESCWA headquarters in the Lebanese capital carrying placards that read, “the future of our children is wasted” and “our only demand is to [go] to countries that respect humans,” among others. Thousands of Iraqis have fled the ongoing violence in their home country and have come to Lebanon. Many are from the Iraqi Christian minority seeking religiously diverse Lebanon in the wake of Daesh’s (ISIS) invasion of Christian areas in…

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Palestinian Rights

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Hariri launches census of Palestinian refugees

Prime Minister Saad Hariri reiterated the importance of the right of return for Palestinians Thursday at an event launching the first official census of the Palestinian refugee community in Lebanon. “The whole world should be aware of how much the Palestinians are suffering in Lebanon and how much the Lebanese are suffering [as a consequence]. Israel is [seizing] the Palestinian territories and we are witnessing the results,” Hariri said. The prime minister spoke during the launch of the “Comprehensive Census of Population and Housing in Palestinian Camps and Gatherings in Lebanon,” a project of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee at the…

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LGBT

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Judge’s ruling ‘major step forward’ for sexual rights movement

A recent ruling by a Metn judge that has set a new precedent for court cases against LGBT individuals was met with support from activists working on the case who called it a significant development. “It is a huge step forward for the sexual rights movement,” Ghenwa Samhat, executive director of Lebanese LGBT organization Helem, told The Daily Star Monday. The Jan. 26 ruling by Judge Rabih Maalouf referred to the court’s role in protecting freedoms and safeguarding human rights in the ruling. Maalouf specifically invoked Article 183 of the Penal Code that states “the act committed is not considered…

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Non Palestinian refugees and Migrants

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L’aide alimentaire aux réfugiés, une manne pour les commerçants libanais

Un programme onusien lancé en 2012 permet à 750 000 réfugiés syriens de dépenser 27 dollars par mois dans des commerces agréés. Un complément bienvenu pour leurs gérants en période de crise. Dans une supérette de Noueiri (Beyrouth), une jeune femme sort sa carte de débit bleue Mastercard, paie ses emplettes, puis signe un reçu. L'opération semble banale, mais cette réfugiée syrienne est détentrice d'une carte de crédit particulière. Tous les 5 du mois, le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), un organisme des Nations unies, y verse automatiquement 27 dollars que les bénéficiaires peuvent consacrer uniquement à l'achat de nourriture dans…

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Levée de fonds sur le net pour Suzy, une transgenre sans abri

Lancée il y a quelques jours sur internet, une levée de fonds pour une des premières femmes transgenre du Liban relance le débat sur la situation précaire de la communauté LGBT (lesbiennes-gays-bisexuels-transsexuels) au Liban et son extrême vulnérabilité. Suzy, aujourd'hui âgée d'une cinquantaine d'années, n'a presque connu que la rue et la prostitution. Et pour cause, son statut de transgenre l'a mise au ban de la société. Repérée dernièrement par une association de la société civile, elle est aujourd'hui prise en charge par le Centre libanais pour les droits de l'homme (CLDH). Suzy, qui a été récemment admise à l'hôpital,…

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مقبرة نازحين في البيسارية: المئات مهدّدون بالموت اختناقاً... أو تحت الأنقاض

يعيش اللاجئون في مجمع «البيبسي» في بلدة البيسارية الجنوبية بخوف دائم. في أي لحظة قد ينهار المجمع على قاطنيه بعدما تهاوت حتى اليوم أسقف عدّة وبات الحديد ظاهراً من الاسمنت. المهندسون الذين أرسلتهم الجهات المختصة قدّروا ان يبقى المبنى صامداً بين 6 أشهر وسنة، لافتين الى خطورة انهياره الجدية. وسط كل هذه المخاطر لا أحد يهتم فعلياً لمصير 600 لاجئ يسكنون تحت الأرض إيفا الشوفي   اللاجئون يسمّون المكان «مخزن». تحت الارض يوجد مخزنان ضخمان منفصلان. في كل منهما ممر طويل تتناثر على طرفيه معابر ضيقة مظلمة. في هذه المعابر التي تشق طريقها تحت الأرض تتوزع غرف اللاجئين الصغيرة؛ نحو…

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Facebook makes life easier for 30,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon: UNHCR

BEIRUT: Syrian refugees in Lebanon are increasingly using Facebook to seek tips on enrolling in school, access information on residency permits and report abuse, according to the United Nations refugee agency. The UNHCR said Wednesday that Facebook group “I am a Syrian in Lebanon” has gained 30,000 members, since its launch in 2014, becoming a “one-stop shop for information for refugees wanting help with topics ranging from how to report abuse to accessing services and assistance” by the agency and its partners. “The Facebook page has been a real help to me and my family,” said Nour, a Syrian refugee…

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