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Source: International Labour Office (ILO)
3 August 2011





Reply by the Director-General to the discussions of his Reports

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The situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories

42. Regrettably, my annual Report on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories suggests that there has been little or no improvement. I take note of the deep concerns expressed by many delegates regarding the difficult situation faced by workers of the occupied Arab territories and join them in expressing my solidarity, as well as making an urgent call to put an end to the, too often, unacceptable conditions imposed by the occupation. Mr Majdalani, Minister of Labour of the Palestinian Authority, invited all delegations to read the ILO report. Mr Luqman, Director-General of the Arab Labour Organization, is of the view that “no real improvement can take place unless the restrictions imposed by the Israeli occupation, and the occupation itself, are removed”.

43. Many delegates expressed their full support for the ILO's continued efforts to improve the situation of these workers and called for a strengthening of technical cooperation for the occupied Arab territories.

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