Rooted Challenges: Palestinian Refugees’ Right to Work in Lebanon

In: Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law Online
Majd Owda Assistant Professor, International law and Human Rights Master’s Program, Faculty of Graduate Studies, An Najah National University Nablus Palestine

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Raed Abubadawia PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Arab American University (AAUP) Jenin Palestine

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Since the Arab-Israeli War of 1948, the Palestinian refugees are still waiting to exercise their right of return, which was articulated in General Assembly Resolution 194 and approved by dozens of international resolutions. Despite the wait, Palestinian refugees continue to live in unsustainable conditions in many host countries. In these waiting stations, they are still deprived of many rights. Perhaps Lebanon is one of the most extreme waiting stations in depriving Palestinian refugees their rights, especially the right to work. Indeed, Palestinians are facing considerable obstacles to exercise their right to work in Lebanon because of policies and regulations enacted by the Lebanese government which limit this right. This paper attempts to identify the various Lebanese partisan and sectarian points of view that stand in the way of granting Palestinian refugees their right to work and the recent administrative attempts of the Lebanese government (2021) to grant them this right. In addition, it uncovers the legal and political obstacles faced by these attempts. This paper highlights the continued need of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon for various social, political and international actions to grant them their basic rights in order to preserve human dignity, which cannot be achieved without these rights.

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