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Rights Groups Slam UNRWA Aid Distribution Mechanism

Published : 18-05-2020

Rights Groups Slam UNRWA Aid Distribution Mechanism

Human rights groups in Lebanon have condemned UNRWA’s dragging of its feet over the calls launched by Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon for urgent cash grants.

Association 302 to Defend Refugees Rights strongly condemned the distribution mechanism of UNRWA cash aid, urging the Agency to take serious measures in order to deliver the refugees’ cash grants on time.

The refugees have denounced the mistreatment they have been subjected to by bank staff. Hundreds of refugees, including elderly people, have to line up for hours in order to receive their cash grants. Scores of other refugees have not had their allowances transferred.

Director of Thabet Organization for the Right of Return, Sami Hammoud, also said there is a high risk that hundreds of refugees contract coronavirus due to the long queues spotted outside of aid delivery locations.

UN data indicates that the majority of Palestinian refugees, particularly those fleeing war-torn Syria (PRS), continue to face dire conditions and high vulnerability in Lebanon.

According to information collected by UNRWA, more than 80 per cent of PRS indicate that the Agency’s cash assistance is their main source of income. 95 per cent of PRS are food insecure, while about 89 per cent of PRS live in poverty. 36 to 57 per cent of PRS youth face unemployment. In August and September 2019, UNRWA conducted a verification exercise of PRS in Lebanon and verified the physical presence of 27,803 PRS in the country. 

The number of PRS in Lebanon has been gradually decreasing over the past two years, and UNRWA estimates that in 2020 the country will continue to host approximately 27,700 PRS (8,450 families). UNRWA said PRS’s vulnerability is further compounded by their precarious legal status. According to the Agency’s monitoring data, around 55 percent of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents.

The lack of a valid legal status, often coupled with outdated civil registration documents, results in severely restricted freedom of movement for some PRS in Lebanon due to fear of arrest, detention and being issued a departure order.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10121

Human rights groups in Lebanon have condemned UNRWA’s dragging of its feet over the calls launched by Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon for urgent cash grants.

Association 302 to Defend Refugees Rights strongly condemned the distribution mechanism of UNRWA cash aid, urging the Agency to take serious measures in order to deliver the refugees’ cash grants on time.

The refugees have denounced the mistreatment they have been subjected to by bank staff. Hundreds of refugees, including elderly people, have to line up for hours in order to receive their cash grants. Scores of other refugees have not had their allowances transferred.

Director of Thabet Organization for the Right of Return, Sami Hammoud, also said there is a high risk that hundreds of refugees contract coronavirus due to the long queues spotted outside of aid delivery locations.

UN data indicates that the majority of Palestinian refugees, particularly those fleeing war-torn Syria (PRS), continue to face dire conditions and high vulnerability in Lebanon.

According to information collected by UNRWA, more than 80 per cent of PRS indicate that the Agency’s cash assistance is their main source of income. 95 per cent of PRS are food insecure, while about 89 per cent of PRS live in poverty. 36 to 57 per cent of PRS youth face unemployment. In August and September 2019, UNRWA conducted a verification exercise of PRS in Lebanon and verified the physical presence of 27,803 PRS in the country. 

The number of PRS in Lebanon has been gradually decreasing over the past two years, and UNRWA estimates that in 2020 the country will continue to host approximately 27,700 PRS (8,450 families). UNRWA said PRS’s vulnerability is further compounded by their precarious legal status. According to the Agency’s monitoring data, around 55 percent of PRS do not possess valid legal residency documents.

The lack of a valid legal status, often coupled with outdated civil registration documents, results in severely restricted freedom of movement for some PRS in Lebanon due to fear of arrest, detention and being issued a departure order.

Short URL : http://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/10121