Thursday, June 19, 2008

LEBANON: Iraqi refugees face prison and deportation

BEIRUT, 6 November 2007 (IRIN) - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) puts the number of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon at 50,000 people, of whom only 8,476 are registered. Another 500 are being held in prison, it says, merely for violating immigration rules.

Having not signed the UN’s Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, introduced in 1951, Lebanon does not grant asylum to refugees, despite the presence on its territory of more than 400,000 Palestinians.

Palestinians, take heart, you are not the only ones the Lebanese govt. treats like crap!

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