Wednesday, April 29, 2015

بيان المنتدى الاشتراكي: ننتصر بأممية النضال العمالي

Socialist Forum's statement in support and solidarity with workers in Lebanon and all around the world on this May Day. Join us this Sunday to demand the recognition of the Domestic Workers' Union!

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نقابة عمال وعاملات المنازل في لبنان هي شرعية أكثر منكم، من "شرعيتكم" الطائفية والعنصرية والمستغلة والذكورية،
ليسقط نظام الكفالة العبودي،
ليسقط قرار التأشيرة العنصري المتعلق باللاجئين/ات السوريين/ات،
ليسقط سجن العدلية،
نعم لإقرار الحقوق السياسية والمدنية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية للاجئين/ات الفلسطينيين/ات، ومن بينها حقهم/ن في العمل،
نعم لانتزاع كل الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، للعمال والعاملات كافة، ومن كل الجنسيات،
نعم لتشكيل نقابات كفاحية جديدة مستقلة تمثل حقاً مصالح العمال والعاملات، سواء منهم اللبنانيون واللبنانيات، أو العرب والأجانب، على اختلافهم/ن،

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Petty Etiquette of Discrimination

'If prejudice is a norm, then ending prejudice has to involve etiquette as well.
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Again, the issue here is not necessarily a legal one, since the legal issues are murky. It's symbolic. But symbols matter—or, to put it another way, social signaling matters. Prejudice and discrimination are validated and enforced in no small part through interpersonal, intercommunal understandings of what behavior is acceptable and what behavior isn't. Ending prejudice and discrimination means changing those understandings.'

He was personally shocked!

The pluses:

Choices satisfy all cravings.
Prices are reasonable.

The minuses: 

I was personally shocked at the fact that not a single Lebanese employee was around.
Eating in makes your clothes smell of fried food for the rest of the day.
The food is pretty average...

Link

Help a severely ill Filipina get cancer treatment

Update to the campaign

​With ​the unselfish support of many, CLDH collected the money needed for an airplane ticket of a severely ill Filipino woman. Having done so in the shortest time possible, we would like to inform everyone following the campaign that she is already in her hometown with her daughter, family and friends. Extra money were also collected, which will be of tremendous value for her as she will undergo an expensive cancer treatment.

Everyone willing to donate more to the campaign, will be doing so for her cancer treatment in the Philippines.

With this campaign, CLDH will collected 600$ for a ticket purchase of a Filipino woman that has been diagnosed with cancer and who already suffered of the repressive "kafala" system in Lebanon.

Pushed by poverty out of her country to work as a maid in Lebanon in order to cater for the needs of her daughter, this brave mother wasn't able to pay for her return ticket to the Philippine because of the cost of the treatment she has had to begin in Lebanon.

How can you contribute?

You can contribute to this campaign by making an online donation, sharing this fundraiser with your friends that might be interested in contributing, visiting our office and finding out more about the problems that migrant workers are facing in Lebanon, or you can visit our office and make a donation.

Every contributor to this campaign will receive a thank you letter and invoice of ticket purchase.

How can you contact us?

For more information you can contact us by:
Telephone: +961 (0) 1 24 00 23
E-mail: info@cldh-lebanon.org
or you can visit our office at the following address: St. Joseph Hospital Street, Bakhos building 7th floor, Dora, Beirut, Lebanon

Indiegogo link

3 domestic workers found dead across Lebanon

'In Tripoli, a Bengali domestic worker was found "slaughtered" in bathroom of her employer's house....On Sunday, another Ethiopian worker was found hanging from a tree in Ouzai.. The Labor Ministry revealed Monday the case of another Bengali domestic worker who fled her employer's house because she has not been paid since she started working for the man five years ago... Investigators determined that the woman is only 17 years old, meaning that she was only 12 when she first arrived in Lebanon and commenced her employment...' (The DailyStar)

And this is just the tip of the tragic iceberg.

Story

A lady from the Philippines told us this story today:

"I was driving in Antelias and a woman hit my car from behind. She then came and told me that it is my fault that she hit me because I am in this country."

Stop the death of people in the Mediterranean

The tragic fate of more than 700 in the “worst-ever” migrant shipwreck off Libya is indeed very disturbing. It truly sends a chilling message to all of us, especially to the international community, to take a deeper look into the lives of migrant people in almost perpetual crisis. It also reminds us, again and again, of the dangers and sacrifices that migrant people had to endure in their unceasing quest and journey towards a better life.

Thousands have already died trying to cross the Mediterranean sea, sadly European states are in deaf ears and ignoring their situation. They are human beings, women ,men and even children.

Displaced by the raging political conflicts between two armed groups wrestling for power and territory in Libya and herded by criminal gangs of migrant smugglers, around 950 including 200 women and 50 children, as attested by a Bangladeshi survivor, had to take the perilous trip only to be drowned in the Mediterranean sea. Having been in several countries in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa bereft of food, security and freedom, these migrant people had no other way but to seek asylum, work and home in Europe.

We are one with the families of migrant people who risked and lost their lives. We are one with the survivors who are holding on to their faith and dream of peace and quiet in Europe. We resonate with various organizations that call for the primacy of humanity over politics; that demand for continuing search and rescue operations to save more precious lives; that persevere in seeking the attention of the international community to stem the tide of smuggling trips. We, too, believe that Europe cannot remain callous to the many incidents of deaths in the Mediterranean sea.

We also commiserate with the words of Pope Francis that, oftentimes, the victims of these sea mishaps are the “starving, persecuted, wounded, exploited people and victims of war” whose only dream is a better life for their families. We pray that such horrendous incident will not be repeated. We hope for greater humanitarian support and far wider protection of the rights and welfare of migrant people. We fervently wish more organizations, institutions and individuals could come together and find ways and means to comprehensively address the crisis of migration.

We urge everyone to unite and in solidarity with those people wanting to cross the Mediterranean and escape their inhumane situations and live as decent human beings.

SAVE LIVES NOW! Stop the death in the Mediterranean !

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Kanlungan Center Foundation
Philippines

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Workers' Day 2015: Parade and Festival



It's that time of year again!! For the sixth year in a row, domestic workers will be celebrating Workers' Day in Lebanon along with civil society organizations, friends and supporters. Join us this year to demand the recognition of the Domestic Workers' Union in Lebanon!

Here is the link to the event which needs a lot of sharing!


Women from Sierra Leone 'sold like slaves' into domestic work in Kuwait

Kuwait has the highest ratio of domestic workers to citizens in the Middle East. And no legal protection to all of them.

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In the basement of an old tower block near Kuwait City, recruitment agents brandish files full of healthy, work-ready domestic workers. “Choose the one you want,” says one agent with a smile. “I will give you a hundred days’ guarantee. If you don’t like her you can send her back.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Story of Mira Ghising, former Nepali migrant domestic worker in Lebanon

"Welcome to Lebanon! We know you came here for a specific job, but you're going to get a completely different job, one which you are totally unprepared and unqualified for. You're not allowed to quit, but don't worry, you'll only stay for four years, and we will even pay you a fraction of your salary." How are these things still allowed to happen? How is this any different from slavery?

Watch here.

Bilal Sarieddine- Classy?

Note: The name was not blurred by us. We received the image like this. And of course, out of courtesy to their unapologetic confidence and pride in classiness, their name should be put out in bold and italics, no less.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lebanon Activists Summoned over Migrant Worker Row

Yes it is illegal. But if General Security does it, it doesn't really matter. A great illustration of the country's biggest bullies in action.

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Beirut: Daily Star

 Lebanon’s General Security Monday interrogated an activist who campaigns against the deportation of the children of migrant workers, while a second received a summons to appear for questioning Tuesday.

“This morning, a General Security unit arrived at our office asking for Chantale Hrairy,” Charles Nasrallah, president of Insan Association, told The Daily Star.

“When they met her, they asked her to come with them to the General Security office. She was surprised, saying her responsibilities were limited to administrative tasks and that she had nothing to do with the cases.”

A General Security spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Star that the woman had been questioned and released Monday. He did not reveal details of the case.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Running From Syria, Hated In Lebanon: The Plight Of Refugees In Beirut

When xenophobia is so pervasive that even the aid workers hired to help you, fear you...


“If I hear that there are Syrian refugees living in my area, I would be upset,” said Nadia Abou Naccoul, a psychologist who works with refugees in Arsal, a city on the border with Syria. “It’s our country. If Syrians came here, they would take over.”


Friday, April 17, 2015

Syrian laborer shortage poses threat to Lebanese agriculture

Will the Kafala system kill Lebanon's agricultural sector? Or will this disaster help us kill the Kafala system? Do we really need to go hungry to realize that Kafala is a utter failure?
This whole problem would not exist if the wages were fair, but agriculture is yet another sector whose workers are unprotected by the Labour Law.

On the DailyStar

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Challenging General Security

Domestic worker in Lebanon challenges the General Security's unethical practices, and ends up in jail!!
Story of Renuka and her daughter Susana.

Friday, April 3, 2015

MCC Opening Hours

Here are the current MCC opening hours.
Pass by!


Photos

From different MCC organized events:)






Migrant Workers Are Bringing a Taste of Home to Beirut

Migrant workers as cultural ambassadors, sharing their beautiful cuisines with us, among other things:) It's about time we stop being blind to the cultures surrounding us, and take in all they have to offer.

Beautiful piece here.

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

"In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The World Should Not Tolerate Modern-Day Slavery in Qatar

'We've still got seven years to go until the 2022 World Cup and it's already an unmitigated disaster. Allegations of corruption and briberyhaven't stopped FIFA chief Sepp Blatter (who is something of a James Bond villain masquerading as a sports executive) from doubling-down on the organization's questionable (and probably corrupt) decision to award the sporting event to the tiny, oil-rich Arab nation.'