Beirut-based Architectural Firm Wins Design Competition for Engineering Complex at AUB  
Trustee Philip Khoury Named MIT Associate Provost  
AUB and UAE Center Sign Agreement to Offer EMBA Program to Emirate Institutions  
Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology  
New Faculty: Hussein Shahidi  
New Faculty: Kirsten Scheid  
New Faculty: Tima al Jamil  
Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day  
Staff Profile: Ghaleb Halimi  
Fifth Annual FEA Student Conference Held  
Engineering Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Achievements  
Studying Biodiversity in Lebanon and the Region at AUB  
Construction Update  
Renovated AUB Archaeological Museum Inaugurated  
Renovated Pediatrics Clinic Opened  
Women's Rights Club Holds Conference on Gender and Sexuality  
Tenth Annual AUB Job Fair Largest Since Its Inception  
Letters from a New Campus by Daniel Bliss  
Winners of the Coca-Cola 'Make Every Word Count' Essay Competition Announced  
AUBMC Research Group Awarded NIH Grant  
Science Students Reveal Bonds Between Chemistry and Art  
Understanding the Political Economy of Islamic Movements  
Extreme Makeover: AUB Graduate Transforms Gulf Television  
Science, Math, and Technology Fair Promotes Environmental Thinking  
School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus  
Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon  
Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
Promotions 2005-2006  
Piano Recital by Arnimée Choukassizian  
Lecture on Space Exploration by World Expert  
Teleconferencing Brings Students Together Across Continents  
"Something Is Happening": Fairuz and Ziad Al Rahbani  
Cultural Genocide and Assyrian Cultural Survival  
Lecture on the History and Origins of American Islamicism  
Business School and Arts and Sciences Team Wins Soccer Championship Match by Narrow Margin  
  Red Cross Club Celebrates its 26th Anniversary at AUB
  History of the American University of Beirut: A New CASAR Course
  First Stereo-photography Exhibit at AUB  
  Photo Exhibition by President John Waterbury  
  The Cats of Renée Deek: End-of-Year Theater Workshop Performance  
  Film on Euthanasia-A True Story  
  Part Two of the CVSP Forum  
  Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  
  Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall  
  Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB  
  Mathematician Alain Connes Visits AUB  
  Rima Khcheich Concert Plays to Sold-out Crowds at Assembly Hall
  Women's Auxiliary  
  33rd Annual Folk Dance Festival Hosts 20 Performing Schools  
June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8

Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Representatives from two United Nations organizations responsible for refugee welfare recently spoke to a large audience of the AUB community about the situation of the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Richard Cook, director of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees), and Stephane Jaquemet, regional representative of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), undertook to explain the situation, outlining what their respective mandates and programs are responsible for.

Cook attempted to dispel a few misunderstandings regarding UNRWA. Its original mission, officially mandated in 1949, was to provide emergency relief to Palestinian refugees, individuals defined as permanent residents of Palestine who lost both home and sustainable employment after 1948. Since then, UNRWA's mandate has evolved and now includes human resources, education, medicine, nutrition, and shelter.

There are three types of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon: individuals registered with UNRWA, individuals registered with the Lebanese government, and "non-ID" or unregistered refugees. UNRWA provides organized relief to the first two classes of refugees, but assistance to the third class is haphazard. Cook admitted that conditions in the camps are very poor.

UNHCR, the most far-reaching UN organization, is responsible for refugees worldwide. Jaquemet explained that a kind of division of labor exists with regard to the Palestinian refugees, whereby UNHCR is responsible for all the Palestinian refugees that UNRWA does not support. Because of its far-reaching capabilities, UNHCR makes use of local NGOs and local governments and packages its relief programs to fit a specific country's needs. In Lebanon, a large amount of time goes into the designation of refugee status. Each applicant goes through a three- to four-hour interview, and asylum is provided through a network of organizations. Legal representation is a large concern, in light of the fact that refugees of any kind are illegal within Lebanon and are at risk of deportation.