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Civil Committees Denounce File Transfer of Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon from UNRWA to UNHCR

Published : 23-11-2019

Civil Committees Denounce File Transfer of Palestinians from Syria in Lebanon from UNRWA to UNHCR

Palestinian-Syrian civil committees in Lebanon have condemned underway attempts to task UNHCR, instead of UNRWA, with managing the affairs of the Palestinians of Syria in Lebanon.

In a joint statement, a number of civil committees slammed the calls made by the Youth Commission to Demand Humanitarian Asylum for Palestinians of Syria during a vigil held on November 20 at the UNRWA office in Beirut to shift the mandate to UNHCR after rescinding it from UNRWA.

The statement said such calls stand in sharp contrast to the position of the vast majority of displaced Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon whose top priority is to live in dignity pending their safe return to their homestead.

The committees said the Youth Commission does not represent them in any possible way, stressing the need for UNRWA to sustain its humanitarian services for Palestinian refugees pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

The statement, signed by the Committee of Displaced Palestinians from Syria to Sidon, the Follow-Up Committee in the Western and Central Bekaa, the Committee of Badawi Camp, and the Committee of Beirut Refugee Camps, called on UNRWA to shell out winter aids for the refugees and to take into consideration the swift price hike in the tension-stricken Lebanese territories.

Meanwhile, coordinator of the Youth Commission denied the claims. He told AGPS that no oral or written calls have been made by the commission to transfer UNRWA’s mandate to UNHCR or any other body.

In a letter sent on October 1, 2019, the Youth Commission called on UNRWA’s Director-General to take urgent measures in response to the commission’s appeals to expand UNRWA’s mandate so as to include the resettlement of refugees in line with the directives of the UN General Assembly.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9387

Palestinian-Syrian civil committees in Lebanon have condemned underway attempts to task UNHCR, instead of UNRWA, with managing the affairs of the Palestinians of Syria in Lebanon.

In a joint statement, a number of civil committees slammed the calls made by the Youth Commission to Demand Humanitarian Asylum for Palestinians of Syria during a vigil held on November 20 at the UNRWA office in Beirut to shift the mandate to UNHCR after rescinding it from UNRWA.

The statement said such calls stand in sharp contrast to the position of the vast majority of displaced Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon whose top priority is to live in dignity pending their safe return to their homestead.

The committees said the Youth Commission does not represent them in any possible way, stressing the need for UNRWA to sustain its humanitarian services for Palestinian refugees pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

The statement, signed by the Committee of Displaced Palestinians from Syria to Sidon, the Follow-Up Committee in the Western and Central Bekaa, the Committee of Badawi Camp, and the Committee of Beirut Refugee Camps, called on UNRWA to shell out winter aids for the refugees and to take into consideration the swift price hike in the tension-stricken Lebanese territories.

Meanwhile, coordinator of the Youth Commission denied the claims. He told AGPS that no oral or written calls have been made by the commission to transfer UNRWA’s mandate to UNHCR or any other body.

In a letter sent on October 1, 2019, the Youth Commission called on UNRWA’s Director-General to take urgent measures in response to the commission’s appeals to expand UNRWA’s mandate so as to include the resettlement of refugees in line with the directives of the UN General Assembly.

Short URL : https://www.actionpal.org.uk/en/post/9387