The Little Picture: Palestinian Rights in Lebanon.


Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have won the right to claim free work permits for employment in the private sector. The status of the refugees has played a deeply divisive role in Lebanon's politics, and until now the government limited them to menial labor. While experts describe the new law as an important step, it remains a first step only; Palestinians are still barred from work in Lebanon's public sector and from work in areas such as law, medicine, and engineering, which require membership in Lebanese syndicates, and they are still denied access to state medical and educational facilities.