The COVID-19 crisis in Lebanon calls for immediate action, because the effects on the many refugees and the rest of the country are enormous. Research done by organizations gathered in the Refugee Protection Watch, including PAX, covers the impact of the crisis on the humanitarian situation, issues regarding discrimination against refugees, its impact on human rights and the work of civil society.
Take for instance the access to hygiene materials, or aid: 85% of respondents reported that they do not have access to or the possibility to buy sufficient sterilization and hygiene materials. Amongst Syrian respondents this figure was 89%. When respondents were asked if they had received any help in the form of food rations, sterilization and cleaning materials, only 4.5% responded saying that they had received some aid.
The research includes a set of recommendations to Lebanese and international policy-makers. Some of the other key findings in the briefing are:
The research by the “Refugee Protection Watch” coalition –PAX, Basmeh & Zeitooneh, ALEF – Act for Human Rights, 11.11.11 and Upinion - uses information observed by coalition members through their work in Lebanon, as well as through a digital survey among 429 Syrians, Syrian-Palestinians, Lebanese, and Palestinian-Lebanese respondents.Local Governance and Peacebuilding, Middle East