The right to freedom of movement forms one of the cornerstones of the international human rights regime and the Lebanese legal system. It is a right that everyone ought to enjoy regardless of race, national origin, residence status, religion or any other criteria. Yet, an alarming 5% of people in Lebanon today do not enjoy this basic human right. Specifically, 250 000 Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon suffer from various degrees of restrictions on their freedom of movement. Those restrictions vary from limits on their right to go out of their employer's house outside of their work hours, to confiscation of passports, forced confinement, and official and unofficial restrictions on their ability to reside independently. This report closely examines the issue of restriction of the freedom of movement. Specifically, this report investigates the position of the law, both in the form of international treaties ratified by Lebanon as well as national legislation, on the restriction of MDWs freedom of movement. In doing so this report answers the following question: does the law warrant certain restrictions on MDWs freedom of movement? and if so under what conditions?
INSAN WON THE WITH AND FOR GIRLS AWARD 2015
Insan was one of just 20 organizations from around the world to receive this award, for its work promoting and defending the rights of refugees and stateless people, particularly young women and girls.
Insan Association works to promote and defend the rights of the most marginalised people in Lebanon, such as female migrant domestic workers, refugees and stateless people through education programmes, psychosocial support and access to justice and advocacy.