A worker in a construction site in Beirut, Sunday, April 2, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon's construction sector has been singled out for criticism in a report published Monday that says human rights abuses are rife in the industry as a result of informal working practices. While Syrian workers have been an integral part of the Lebanese construction sector for decades, the report notes that their numbers have increased dramatically since the start of the Syrian war. The report, published by London-based NGO the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, notes that Lebanon's construction sector is expected to continue expanding as a result of the Capital Investment Program. The report additionally calls on the Lebanese and Jordanian governments to reduce informality in the construction sector and loosen restrictions on work permits to incentivize formal work.
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