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Weekly News Report: December 28, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Ethiopian workers evacuated on January 1. Photo from Egna Legna Besidet

Articles and views shared in the Weekly News Report do not represent ARM’s views. Information in these articles has not been fact-checked by ARM and may contain some errors. ARM is simply compiling all news relevant to migrant communities to inform our advocacy efforts and to facilitate the work of organizations who cater to migrant communities.

Evacuation Updates

More Ethiopian Workers Evacuated [here]

16 Ethiopian women and 6 children traveled to Ethiopia on December 28 with the support of Egna Legna Besidet who announced they’ve helped over 400 Ethiopian women travel back home.

Another Press Conference in Sri Lanka on Migrant Workers Stranded in Lebanon [here]

A second press conference took place on December 30 by allied organizations in Sri Lanka to call on the government for immediate evacuation of Sri Lankan women from Lebanon, given the deteriorating conditions due to the economic crisis and pandemic situation.

Other

More on Refugee Camp Burned in Miniyeh [here] and [here]

A source from the Lebanese army stated that the cause of the dispute leading to the attack on the camp was personal and had to do with an unpaid salary. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) assisted in sheltering most of the people who lost their homes in the attack on their camp in Miniyeh last week.

New Travel Measures for Foreigners by General Security [here]

The General Directorate of General Security announces that, as of 01/01/2021, any Arab or foreigner (who has a work permit in Lebanon) will not be allowed to leave through Rafic Hariri International Airport unless:

  • They have a valid and original residence permit 

  • Or their passport was marked with a GS stamp indicating the settlement of their residency status

  • Or if they acquire a departure statement and a stamp on their passport from the airport review section.

Philippine Embassy Condemns Abandonment of Filipino Domestic Workers [here]

The embassy of the Philippines released a statement on January 1 condemning the abandonment of Filipino domestic workers at its door, stressing it will resort to legal action against anyone harming Filippino nationals in Lebanon. 

Report on Activism against Racism featuring ARM’s campaign [here]

An article by openDemocracy on resistance of women of color around the world against racism included the #EndTheirLockdown campaign by the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM)’s campaign against the Kafala system for the International Domestic Workers Day.