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Weekly News Report: September 13-19, 2021

Photo from Egna Legna Besidet

Articles and views shared in the Weekly News Report do not necessarily 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.

Inauguration of New Labor Minister [here]

The new Minister of Labor Moustafa Bayram stated during his inauguration that his mandate will entail improvements to the working conditions of Palestinian workers, and that he will hold a press conference soon to present the new strategy of the MoL.

Former Minister of Labor Lamia Yammine also stated in the inauguration that the efforts to dismantle the Kafala system will continue through the draft law previously submitted to include domestic work in the labor law.

Background on Bayram [here]

Bayram has an academic background in public, general and financial law and has served in several governmental positions since 1998. He was named Minister of Labor by the Speaker of the Parliament and head of the Amal Movement Nabih Berri.

His stances on migrant and Syrian workers are yet to be revealed.

More Filipinas Evacuated [here]

Two hundred eighty Filipina women were evacuated from Lebanon with the support of the Philippines embassy in the country. Most of the women were residing in Lebanon and undocumented, while 5 came from Syria.

More Ethiopians Evacuated [here]

Thirteen Ethiopian women were evacuated with the support of Egna Legna Besidet, after many of them were severely abused and were facing legal charges for false accusations by employers.

Report on Decline in Number of Migrant Janitors [here]

An article on Annahar reported on the declining numbers of migrant janitors due to the ongoing crisis and the resulting inability of residents to increase salaries. This decline has reportedly caused safety and security concerns among Lebanese residents in many areas in the country.

ARM Discusses Kafala and Organizing with Migrant Workers on Beirut Buzz Podcast [here]

ARM was hosted on Beirut.com’s podcast “Beirut Buzz” and discussed the history and politics of the Kafala system and racism in Lebanon, as well as organizing with migrant workers in the ongoing crisis and the broader movement for social justice.

IDWF Launches 2022 Calendar of Domestic Workers’ Movements [here]

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) launched a new calendar for 2022 with dates of domestic workers movements, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Convention 189.