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August 06, 2010
LPDC Workshop
The Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee (LPDC) held "The Palestinian Refugee Right to Work: Law v/s Reality" workshop on August 5, 2010 at the Grand Serail. As noted by the Head of the LPDC, Ms. Maya Majzoub, “The main goal of the workshop is to support the ongoing discussion of the labour rights for Palestinian refugees… We will do this through; adopting an objective approach of the issue, gathering as much information available as possible, clarifying certain legal and actual concepts, determining the gaps that should be filled and examining and criticizing the suggested laws.” Attendees included to the LPDC members, representatives of the Lebanese Ministries of Labour and Foreign Affairs & Overseas Lebanese, UNRWA and other UN agencies, the CEP, the ILO, the National Social Security Fund, as well as representatives of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to Lebanon, legal experts, researchers and activists.
Read more at lpdc.gov.lb 

July 23, 2010
H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri met a delegation from the Council of the Lebanese-Palestinian Youth
The President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri met on Thursday July 22nd in Beirut a delegation from the Council of the Lebanese-Palestinian Youth which is participating in a Summer Camp at the 'Saint Sauveur' monastery in Joun, Chouf. Attendees included the Head of the Development and Dialogue Association, Mr. Emile Iskandar; Ms. Rola Badran from the Palestinian Human Rights Organization (PHRO); the Director of the 'Saint Sauveur' monastery, Father Abdo Raad; and Attorney Ali el-Ghoul.


July 15, 2010
SDC farewell reception in honour of its Regional Director Ms. Santi Vege.
On the occasion of the end of her mission, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, held a farewell reception in honour of its Regional Director Ms. Santi Vege. The reception was held on Thursday July 15, 2010 at the residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland to Lebanon, Mr. François Barras. Attendees included the CEP members, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Mr. Salvatore Lombardo and a number of stakeholders.
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July 13, 2010
Draft Bill proposed by the 'Future Movement' & the 'Lebanese Forces'
With the forthcoming parliamentary session due to be held on Thursday July 15, 2010, An-Nahar newspaper published today the text of the Draft Bill proposed by the 'Future Movement' & the 'Lebanese Forces'.
Proposal in Arabic (in .pdf)
Proposal in English (in .pdf) 

June 29, 2010
“Lebanese-Palestinian Relations: Achievements, Vision and Future
The Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee organized, under the patronage of the President of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Saad Hariri, the “Lebanese-Palestinian Relations: Achievements, Vision and Future" meeting.
Attendees included the former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Ministers Tarek Mitri, Mohamed Khalifeh, Jean Ogassapian, and Akram Shouhayib, MPs, the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon - H.E. Mr. Abdullah Abdullah, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon – Mr. Michael Williams, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon - Mr. Salvatore Lombardo, and a number of diplomats.
Speakers note at lpdc.gov.lb
LPDC report titled "Lebanon and Palestinian Refugees: Policy Foundations and Milestones 2005-2009" (Arabic / English) (in .pdf) 

June 27, 2010
The March for Palestinian Civil & Socio-Economic Rights in Lebanon
The Network for the March for Palestinian Civil & Socio-Economic Rights in Lebanon mobilized Lebanese & Palestinian Parties & NGOs to participate in a March on June 27. The March’s main slogan was Civil, Social and Economic Rights and Living in Dignity are an Essential Step in the Journey of Return.
The March culminated in the delivery of a petition to the Secretary General of the Lebanese Parliament, Mr. Adnan Daher. The petiton calls for the right to property, the right to mobility and the elimination of Article 59 of the Labour Law.
Proposal in English (in .pdf) 

June 16, 2010
SSNP Press Conference
The Syrian Socialist National Party (SSNP) has presented in a Press Conference held on Wednesday June 16, 2010 at the Syndicate of Journalism a Draft Bill proposed by the Palestinian Commission (Mu'tamadiyyate Palestine) at the Party, and prepared by Attorney Hamelkart Ataya; leading member of the political Bureau of the SSNP.
The Draft Bill includes in its first article a clear definition of “settlement” in order to de-link the civil and social rights (mentioned in the Lebanese Ministerial Statement) from the rejection of settlement mentioned in the Constitution. In parallel it is categorical that this does not conflict with the ‘right of return’ of Palestinians.
The proposal bases its premise on International human rights instruments. It calls for access to all employment and social security rights and the de-linking of the reciprocity principle in the Labour Law with regards to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
It also includes in article 2 a legal definition of the Palestinian refugee; facilitating thus the settling of the case of people without ID cards, family gathering claims and non-registered Palestinian claims.
Proposal in Arabic (in .pdf)
Proposal in English (in .pdf) 

June 15, 2010
Legislative Session
The Lebanese House of Deputies held a Legislative Session which witnessed debates over the proposal forwarded by the 'Democratic Gathering' – MPs Walid Jumblatt, Elie Aoun and Alameddine Terro - aiming to grant Civil rights to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.
Draft Bills:
Amendment of Article 69 in the Lebanese Labour Law issued on 23/9/1946 (Arabic in .pdf)
Amendment of Article 9 in the Lebanese Social Security Law (Arabic in .pdf)
Amendment of Article 79 in the Lebanese Labour Law (Arabic in .pdf)
English version of the draft bills (in .pdf) 

March 24, 2010
Appointment of Ms. Maya Majzoub as the Head of the team assigned with managing the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
He appointment of Ms. Maya Majzoub as the Head of the team assigned with managing the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, as released in a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday March 24, 2010.
Ms. Majzoub was appointed in 2007 as General Coordinator of the Lebanese-Palestinian Commission for Dialogue and Development. She was also appointed Counselor in the Ministry of Education from June 2008 until October 2009. She is a member of the Bar Association’s Human Rights Commission.


February 03, 2010
Harb's signature on Decision 10
The Lebanese Minister of Labour, H.E. Mr. Boutors Harb signed on February 3, 2010 Decision No. 10 relating to Professions that should be limited to Lebanese nationals only.
The Full text of the Decision was published, on February 11, 2010, in the Eighth issue of the Official Gazette (Pages 823-825):
Text in Arabic (in .pdf)
Text in English (translated by the CEP) (in .pdf) 





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