Lebanon: Information on whether the content of an article from the French magazine Libération of April 1993 is considered law or policy, and to what extent it is being applied indiscriminately especially against Palestinian property owners
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 June 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||LBN14453|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Lebanon: Information on whether the content of an article from the French magazine Libération of April 1993 is considered law or policy, and to what extent it is being applied indiscriminately especially against Palestinian property owners, 1 June 1993, LBN14453, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aaaf18.html [accessed 24 November 2014]|
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A representative of the Embassy of Lebanon in Ottawa reported that the plan or policy to return houses, buildings or real estate properties to their legal owners is one of the most thoroughly applied in Lebanon today, and added that this plan involves the internally displaced Lebanese (14 June 1993). The representative mentioned that if a Palestinian legally owns a house, building or any property in Lebanon, the plan as currently applied should ensure the protection of his/her property (Ibid.). According to a representative of Middle East Watch in New York, the plan to resettle the internally displaced people is at its first stage (11 June 1993). The representative did not have any information on how the policy was being implemented or what alternatives the government has prepared for people who have to return to the legal owners the houses they are currently inhabiting (Ibid.). The representative added that the policy is intended to evict people who are not landowners (Ibid.). People who are already affected by this policy usually leave the houses/buildings voluntarily (Ibid.).
According to The Lebanon Report, on 12 April 1993,
in accordance with the government's plan to return the displaced, forty-nine houses were returned to their Christian owners in the Na'meh region south of Beirut; the houses were mostly occupied by Palestinians (May 1993, 11).
For further information on the question of ownership, reconstruction and displaced people, please refer to the attached documents.
Embassy of Lebanon, Ottawa. 14 June 1993. Telephone Interview with Representative.
The Lebanon Report [Beirut]. May 1993. Vol. 4, No.5. "Chronology of Events: April 1993."
Middle East Watch, New York. 11 June 1993. Telephone Interview with Representative.
The Lebanon Report [Beirut]. May 1993. Vol. 4, No.5. "The Displaced and the Christians."
. May 1993. Vol. 4, No. 5. "Foreign Real Estate Sales."
. May 1993. Vol. 4, No. 5. "Chronology of Events: April 1993."
. April 1993. Vol. 4, No. 4. "Among the Ruins: Reconstruction and the Urban Underclass."
The United Press International (UPI). 7 June 1993. "Lebanese Refugees Evacuate Occupied Residences." (NEXIS)