MARCH FOR Palestinian Civil and Socio-Economic RIGHTS in Lebanon Sunday, June 27, 2010 
 

BACKGROUND

Lebanon was one of the founding countries that helped draft the International Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and is a signatory to a number of related international agreements, most important of which were the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in 1966, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1965. Despite this, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have been denied their civil, social, and economic rights and have been the victim of discriminatory practices for over 60 years.

While some Lebanese officials and political elites have made promising statements regarding the basic civil rights of Palestinian refugees, the over-arching approach of the Lebanese government and its departments and committees continues to be security-based, framing the Palestinian refugee question in Lebanon as an internal security issue.

At a time when Palestinian factions, Lebanese political parties and both Palestinian and Lebanese civil society organizations are showing willingness to discuss solutions to the many problems facing Palestinian refugees - mainly within the camps - the issue of civil, social, and economic rights remains the foundation of any sustainable resolution.

There is a need to re-frame the debate. The humanitarian approach looks at Palestinian refugees as a group of people that need to be fed and sheltered by international relief agencies and charitable organizations, denying their agency as participatory actors in their state of affairs. Instead, we need to adopt a rights-based approach centred on the right to human dignity, out of which all basic human rights stem (the right to work, the right to ownership, healthcare, education, freedom of movement and speech and the right to form and register organizations, etc). These rights are inalienable and need to be looked at as an organic whole, despite the fact that some of them, such as the right to work and the right to ownership, are currently a priority to Palestinian refugees.

Based on this framework, we have decided to organize a full-day march that will gather people from different regions of the country. The march will eventually lead to the Parliament building in Beirut, delivering a petition to the relevant authorities that includes a draft modification of some laws that discriminate against Palestinians, contradict the Lebanese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The march will take place on Sunday, june 27 at 9:00 am, stopping in some cities and towns along the way to deliver speeches and gather crowds, and will end at 6:00 p.m. in front of the House of Parliament where a delegation of MPs will be waiting.

The march will bring together Palestinian and Lebanese crowds, and will be accompanied by technical teams (first aid, etc.) and the media. As it progresses, it will be joined by other crowds from the areas it passes through. The march is expected to end with more than 5000 people, and to coincide with a mass signing of the petition and the draft law modifications.

The march’s main slogan will be “Civil, Social and Economic Rights and Living in Dignity are an Essential Step in the Journey of Return.” There will also be other detailed demands pertaining to the Right to Work and the Right of Ownership, in addition to other slogans to be agreed upon by the organizing committee. Only Palestinian and Lebanese flags will be allowed, preventing people from showing their individual parties’ and factions’ flags.

This March will be organized in coordination with the Right to Work Campaign and the Palestinian Civil Rights Campaign in Lebanon (PCRC).

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Organizations and Civil Society Groups

Palestinian Organizations Lebanese Organizations International Organizations
The Center for Refugee Rights / AIDOUN Frontiers Center Palestine Civil Rights Campaign, Shatila – Washington D.C.
Palestinian Human Rights Organization / PHRO the civil rights  defend Campaign - Lebanon Norwegian People’s Aid / NPA
Palestinian Human Rights Institution /Shahed Yes We Can, Tripoli Arab Network for Development
NAJDEH Association Collective of Civil and volunteering groups in Lebanon Palestinian youth network PYN
Palestinian Cultural Club, AUB AMEL ORGANIZATION Unified Socialist Worker's Party (PSTU) (brazil)
Campaign for the Right to Work Association of Islamic Charitable purposes (almaqased)  
The Fraternity Association for Social and Educational Work , Burj el Barajneh Campaign for Civil Rights, Lebanon  
Palestinian Women’s Union Caritas Lebanon - Middle East Council of Churches  
Arab Palestinian cultural club -north Popular Lebanese Aid Society

(alnagdeh)

 
Palestinian cultural club -bau Family Planning Association in Lebanon  
Oshaq alaqsa band The Popular Aid organization  
Youth of Mar Elias Maarouf Saad Cultural Foundation Charity  
AL Achbal club National Centre for Development and Rehabilitation  
Ahlamona center Farah Social Foundation  
Arab centre (alborg ) Imam Sadr Foundation  
National Service Foundation Beirut Association for Social Development  
Progressive Women's Association Nahda women organization  
Sail's of return center Human land orgnization  
Mobile clown cesmo  
Aljana center Trees and human beings institution  
Federation of Trade Unions of Palestine The land of childhood  
The General Union of Palestine Students Abdul Rahim Murad,Institutions  
Palestinian scout and guides association progressive Scout organization  
Palestinian Cubs institution (AL-achbal ) Progressive socialist party  
Student Office - Fatah movement Progressive Women's Federation  
Al Karama Centre for Culture and Education Free front media
Palestinian group for youth activities  
Palestinian Democratic Youth Union
right of return protection Campaign (194)  
Nabe’ association
Center LAji (Ain Helwa)    

 
 

Scholars and Activists

Sari Hanafi

Ismael Sheikh Hassan

Walid Sharara

Tara Mahfoud

Hamalkar Ataya

Abdul Rahman Zaza

Tah Fawzi Naji

 
 

 

ITINERARY

MARCH FOR PALESTINIAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN LEBANON

June 27, 2010

The march will end at the Parliament building at 6 p.m.

PS. Other locations (like the mountain) will be added soon

NORTH LEBANON

SOUTH LEBANON

BEKAA

BEIRUT

A group of demonstrators will walk the entire trajectory from the Saida to Beirut by foot. This group will leave at 9 a.m. 
 
 
 

MARCH FOR PALESTINIAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN LEBANON  
PARTICIPATION FORM 
for Organizations

To be sent to palmarch2010@gmail.com Ammar Youzbashy (03123153) or Sahar AlBashir (70996918) (They will confirm by email)

Name of Organization: 
Office Location: 
Director Name: 
Telephone No: 
Email:

Fax No: 
 

Number of people who will participate on your behalf:

  1. North:  ةش 2) South:  3) Beirut:

Number of people who will walk to entire distance from Sidon to Beirut:

We would appreciate your organization’s support. Please indicate how you could help:

  1. Organizing Committee and Staff:
  2. Financial support (please state amount):
  3. Transportation means (buses and/or cars):
  4. Sound equipment (microphones, loud speakers, etc.):
  5. Water and food:
  6. Other:

Comments/Suggestions:

 
 
 

Name and Signature

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MARCH FOR PALESTINIAN CIVIL RIGHTS IN LEBANON  
PARTICIPATION FORM 
for Individuals

To be sent to palmarch2010@gmail.com Ammar Youzbashy (03123153) or Sahar AlBashir (70996918) (They will confirm by email)

 
 

Name: 
Place of Residence: 
Occupation: 
Position/Title: 
Telephone No: 
Fax No: 
Email:

Where will you be starting the march?

  1. North:   2) South:  3) Beirut:

Will you walk the entire distance from Sidon to Beirut?

  1. Yes   2) No

Comments/Suggestions: