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Weekly News Report: October 19-25, 2020

Cameroonian women arriving in Douala

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.

 

Standard Unified Contract

Council of State blocks SUC [here]

The Council of State (Shoura) has issued a decision to block the standard unified contract (SUC) issued by caretaker Minister of Labor (MoL) Lamia Yammine for migrant domestic workers, following a lawsuit filed by the Syndicate of the Owners of Workers Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon (SORA). The rationale for this, which was accepted by the council, was that the rights of the agency owners would be violated by the SUC and what it entails, specifically in breaching the right to “free contracting”.

Evacuation Updates

Cameroonian workers detained once arrived home [source is ARM]

A group of 22 Cameroonian women finally arrived home on October 23. Once arrived at the airport in Douala, they were detained by the police. ARM has been coordinating with two organizations in Cameroon for reintegration purposes, and the director of one of them who went to receive the women at the ariport was detained as well. Everyone was integgoated for several hours without being told the reason for the arrests.

More details and updates will be published soon on our website and social media.

More ethiopian workers evacuated [here]

The Ethiopian consulate in Beirut announced the numbers of Ethiopian women evacuated between October 21 until 25. 660 women in total were evacuated.

Egna Legna successfully evacuate women to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone [here]

Egna Legna Besidet announced that 13 women were evacuated to Ethiopia and Sierra Leone with their support between October 13 to 21.

Other

IOM’s situation report on the Beirut blast [here]

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) published on October 19 a report on its response to the effects of the Beirut explosion on migrant workers during the month of September. The following are the main points:

  • The first Mobile Medical Campus (MCC) to provide healthcare for migrant workers was opened;

  • 237 migrant workers received direct assistance services;

  • 1,358 migrant workers were evacuated with the support of IOM.