Launch event of the second legal report on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon (issued by LIFE)

July 7, 2015

The Lebanese government considers the growing number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to be a serious threat to the security, political, economic and social stability, as well as to the job market and infrastructure in a country that is already struggling in all of these fields.

Having kept its borders open for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, the Lebanese government did not allow the construction of formal camps to contain and keep them on its lands. Thus, the Syrian dispersal in Lebanon became chaotic, in miserable poor camps spread in areas suffering from historic poverty and negligence since the Lebanese Republic was established.

Following the above, The Lebanese Institute For Democracy and Human Rights (LIFE) issued its second report on the Legal Status of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, entitled "Unprotected Refugees”. The report was published on the 7th of July 2015, at Ramada Hotel – Raouche, at 12 noon.

In a brief summary, the report dealt with the human and legal rights situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, a group of representatives and diplomatic missions operating in Lebanon and representatives from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee for delegates organizations Human Rights of the Red Cross operating in Lebanon and representatives of the Syrian and Lebanese civil society attended the conference. The executive director of the Foundation lawyer Nabil Halabi discussed the status of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the serious violations affecting the their social security in terms of racism and violence and attacks they are facing, at the level of indiscriminative government decisions that drives the Syrian Refugee crises.

Moreover Mr. Nabil Halabi discussed the economic situation of the Syrian refugees; according to CNN the FAO of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reduced the support to its half rather than enhancing their help after an increase in the number of refugees and their needs at all levels. The report is divided into more than two hundred pages among the diverse subsequent partial violations of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and among the recommendations addressed to the Lebanese authorities and the international community. The report focused on the suffering of childhood and the motherhood as they are the most delicate and extremely urgent matters among the Syrian refugee’s cases.

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