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Syrian refugee crisis cost Lebanon USD 10B: Hajj Hasan

BEIRUT: Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan Thursday revealed that the Syrian refugee crisis has cost Lebanon $10 billion in losses, calling on the international community to increase aid to the country. “The duty of governments is to preserve sovereignty, independence and borders, and promote all sectors, especially the industrial sector," Hajj Hasan said during an event commemorating the National Lebanese Trade Day. "I want to hold everyone present here responsible for reflecting Lebanon’s harsh reality on the economic level.” Lebanon has become home to 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees since the civil war erupted in 2011. The huge influx of…

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LGBT

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LebMASH: Persecution and marginalization of LGBT people have serious consequences on health

On this International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Lebanese Medical Association for Sexual Health (LebMASH) would like to take the opportunity to remind government officials, Lebanese police and security forces, policy makers, health care professionals, and the public in general that persecution and marginalization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities have serious and detrimental direct and indirect consequences on health. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between the stress induced by persecution and marginalization and negative mental health outcomes such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidality. Also, living in fear and isolation can lead…

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LGBT

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LBGT activists stage rare Lebanon sit-in

Some 50 activists backing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community staged a rare sit-in Sunday in Lebanon to demand the abolition of a law criminalizing relations "against nature". In the first such protest in four years, they also demanded the release of four transsexual women as they gathered outside the Hbeish gendarmerie in Beirut, where activists say morality police often hold such suspects. "Homosexuality is not a disease," and "Sex is not illegal -- your law is archaic," read a placard at the event organised by the Lebanon-based Helem association, considered to be the most important Arab group…

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Non Palestinian refugees and Migrants

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Maid to Measure: Lebanon Domestics Take to the Catwalk

Anna Fernando struts down the black-and-white tiles of a trendy coffee shop in the Lebanese capital, dressed in high heels and a strapless ball gown of caramel gauze ribbons. The 43-year-old left her native Sri Lanka 21 years ago to work as a maid in Lebanon, determined to provide her children with better opportunities in life than her own. On her day off this weekend, she joined a dozen other domestic workers at a modeling show in central Beirut organized by local NGO Insan, Arabic for "human being." "Even if I work like a maid, I'm a human being," Anna…

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LGBT

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اعتصام نادر في بيروت لجمعية "حلم" دعما للمثليين

نفذ نحو خمسين ناشطا اعتصاما الاحد في بيروت دعما للمثليين مطالبين بالغاء مادة في القانون تجرم اقامة العلاقات التي تعتبر "منافية للطبيعة"، وذلك في سابقة منذ اربع سنوات. ورفعت لافتة في التظاهرة التي نظمتها جمعية "حلم" كتب عليها "المثلية ليست مرضا" و"قانونكم مر عليه الزمن". وجمعية حلم مقرها في لبنان وتعتبر اهم جمعية عربية للدفاع عن حقوق المثليين. والتجمع الذي طالب ايضا بالافراج عن اربع نساء متحولات جنسيا، نظم قبالة مخفر حبيش في غرب بيروت، حيث تعمد شرطة الاداب الى سجن المثليين بحسب ناشطين. وكتب على لافتة اخرى "الغوا الـ 534" في اشارة الى مادة في قانون العقوبات اللبناني تعتبر…

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Disabled Rights

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Les handicapés, laissés-pour-compte du scrutin

Les années passent et certaines anomalies restent inchangées. De scrutin en scrutin, les personnes handicapées, qui sont des votants comme les autres, continuent d'être entravées en raison des bureaux de vote inaccessibles, aux escaliers interminables. Hier, partout à Beyrouth, on rencontrait des personnes dont il fallait porter les chaises roulantes pour qu'elles puissent accomplir leur devoir électoral. Et ce manque d'aménagement ne nuit pas qu'aux handicapés : les personnes âgées, celles qui souffrent d'une invalidité temporaire (comme cette dame à la jambe cassée que son mari a dû porter sur les escaliers à Bachoura), celles qui ne jouissent tout simplement pas…

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Disabled Rights

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Handicapped voters facing obstacles at Lebanon polling stations

Handicapped voters in Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and Baalbek-Hermel taking part in Sunday's local elections faced difficulties in reaching voting booths, with the interior minister admitting that polling stations were not prepared to receive them. "We should have been more prepared for this matter," Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk told reporters after casting his ballot at a polling station in Beirut. Police were photographed either carrying or helping disabled people move up and down stairs at polling stations, many of which had no elevators, to reach rooms where voting booths are located. Amal Sherif, a candidate running with the Beirut Madinati…

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Palestinian Rights

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Palestinians protest for 2nd day UNRWA health care changes

Palestinian groups closed the office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in south Lebanon for the second consecutive day on Friday, the state-run National News Agency reported. The agency's services office in Ain al-Hilweh, the director's office in the southern city of Sidon and the bus stop in the area have also been closed off by demonstrators, the NNA said. And UNRWA offices were shut down Thursday in the northern city of Tripoli, as well as in the Ain al-Hilweh and Mieh Mieh refugee camps in the south. Palestinians living in Lebanon's 12 refugee camps have been protesting…

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Disabled Rights

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المعوّقون ضحية قانون انتخاب يحول دون تمكّنهم من حقوقهم الانتخابية ترشّحاً واقتراعاً

يناضل المواطن كثيراً من أجل انتزاع حقوقه في الكثير من البلدان، ومنها لبنان، فكيف إذا كان هذا المواطن من ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة، أو المقعدين، الذين تزيد معاناتهم، وكثيراً ما تكون القوانين مجحفة بحقهم، وعندما يُمنحون حقوقهم، تبقى منقوصة، حتى ولو صدرت القوانين والمراسيم التي تفيهم جزءاً منها، يبقى التنفيذ أسير الكثير من المصالح الخاصة... ويتعرّض المعوّقون في كافة المناطق اللبنانية، إلى جملة من الانتهاكات، التي تسعى العديد من الجمعيات التي تُعنى بشأن المقعدين، ومنهم «إتحاد المقعدين اللبنانيين» إلى انتزاع حقوقهم المدنية والسياسية، ولذلك كان إطلاق حملة «حقي»، وهي الحملة الوطنية من أجل إقرار الحقوق السياسية للأشخاص المعوّقين بالشراكة مع «الجمعية…

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