The number of refugees in Lebanon has now reached 25 per cent of the total population. 78 per cent of the ever-increasing number or Syrian refugees, who currently number around 824,000, are women and children. 79,000 refugees coming from Syria are still awaiting registration at the borders. According to a recent report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), the most vulnerable are "disproportionately affected by Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV)". A growing attitude amongst female refugees to return to the war-torn country they only just fled has been detected, as rape and sexual harassment has made life in Lebanon unbearable. (Beirut, 4rd Dec, 2013)
Reports and Publications
Lebanon launches new campaign to combat violence against refugee women and children
- 05 December 2013
Revealed: Egypt negotiates purchasing Israeli gas through Cyprus
- 27 November 2013
- MEMO SPECIAL REPORT
"Cyprus must do everything possible to secure use of Israeli gas at a planned LNG terminal on the island, or else risk jeopardising the whole project," Charles Ellinas, national gas company head in Cyprus told Cyprus Gas News on Saturday. Ellinas argued that the estimated 5 trillion cubic feet in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone (EEZ) was simply not enough to justify the construction of a costly liquefaction plant at Vassilikos.
The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?
- 06 November 2013
Renewed 'peace talks' between Israeli and the Palestinian Authority officials have quietly been going on behind closed doors and a U.S.-imposed media blackout for three months now. Like all previous such exercises they will almost certainly break down without delivering justice or bringing peace.
Report Review: The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?
- 06 November 2013
Authors: Tom Mills, David Miller, Tom Griffin and Hilary Aked
Publishers: Spinwatch and Middle East Monitor
Paperback: 94 pages