Every year, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) publishes report entitled “Situation Report: The State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT” (“OPT” is an abbreviation for “the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”) We publish the report to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 – the date on which, in 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The report reviews the current situation and key developments in selected human rights issues in Israel and in the OPT over the preceding year.
At first glance, it may seem that the condition of the Palestinians who live in the territories occupied by Israel in June 1967 has changed little, despite the passing decades. Yesterday’s headlines are the same as today’s: confrontations, arrests, military rule, terror attacks, house demolitions, land confiscation. It’s easy to gain the impression that there is nothing new under the scorching sun of the Middle East.
Israeli human rights and civil society organizations condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing anonymous attacks against Palestinian human rights organizations, and most recently against Al-Haq. As Israeli organizations, we express our solidarity with our Palestinian counterparts.
As the Gaza conflict continues to expand, we are confronted by one of the more complex and difficult periods that Israeli society has experienced in many years. Continuing hostilities and the increasing loss of human life causes us much sorrow and concern, and yet we are committed to remaining vigilant against human rights abuses and to reducing the harm caused to innocent civilians affected by the conflict. It is during times of war especially that human rights become more important than ever.
Ten human rights organizations urgently contacted Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein today following the release of reports on the nature of attacks within the Gaza Strip and the high rate of civilian casualties. This information raises concerns about grave violations of international humanitarian law.
In light of last night's events: A procedure to evacuate those injured in the Gaza Strip is required immediately
B'Tselem – Gisha-Legal Center for Freedom of Movement – Machsom Watch – Physicians for Human Rights-Israel – Public Committee Against Torture in Israel – Rabbis for Human Rights – The Association for Civil Rights in Israel – Yesh Din
Concern that many of the military’s actions in the Occupied Territories do not directly serve the aim of locating and returning the three abducted Israelis and are severely and unnecessarily violating basic human rights.
The annual State of Human Rights Report is published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) each year to coincide with International Human Rights Day (December 10). In the report, ACRI reviews the current situation of human rights over the past year in Israel and in the Occupied Territories, warns against particularly severe violations of human rights, notes improvements, and points to the major trends in the field of human rights.
“The prolonged imprisonment of asylum seekers in administrative detention is unconstitutional. The Anti-Infiltration Law is overturned.”
Today (September 16) an expanded panel of nine Supreme Court Justices ruled that the Third Amendment to the Law for the Prevention of Infiltration is unconstitutional and must be overturned. Over 2,000 women, men and children are currently being held in harsh conditions without trial under the amendment, which was passed in January 2012.
The army must end its use of rubber bullets as a means to disperse demonstrations in the occupied territories, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and B'Tselem have demanded in a letter to Deputy State Attorney for Special Matters, Attorney Eli Abarbanel. The move comes following numerous instances of death and injury to unarmed protestors by rubber bullets, and following the injury of B'Tselem spokesperson Sarit Michaeli during a demonstration last month.
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel filed a new petition this morning (January 16, 2013) at the High Court of Justice against the State’s plans to expel some 1,000 Palestinians living in eight rural villages in Firing Zone 918 in the South Hebron Hills.
In response, the High Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the forced removal of the petitioners and their families from their homes in Firing Zone 918. The injunction will remain in place until the Court rules otherwise. In addition, Justice Salim Joubran gave the State 60 days to respond to the petition.
The annual “State of Human Rights Report” is published by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) to mark International Human Rights Day. The 2012 report reveals the bleak situation in nearly every category of rights, particularly housing. In Arab towns and villages, the restrictive planning policies that prevent development continued, leaving many Arab citizens of Israel without viable housing options. Particularly discouraging are the government’s policies vis-à-vis the Bedouin communities in the Negev.
If allowed to proceed, Minister Yishai’s plan will involve mass arrests and indefinite detention of thousands of people, including children; UN High Commissioner on Refugees: there is no factual or legal basis to the claim that Sudanese asylum seekers are not refugees.
Court gives parties 30 days to submit additional responses; State must offer a solution for the village residents; petitioners must explain why they did not propose a plan for the area.
Today (30 July 2012), the Israeli High Court of Justice, in a panel of 3 justices (Arbel, Melcer, and Sohlberg) heard arguments in the petition of residents of the village Khirbat Zanuta and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) against the Civil Administration’s decision to demolish the village.
In recent months, there has been an ongoing public debate in Israel regarding the demolition of houses that were built without a permit. When a home is demolished, an entire family is harmed. On the other hand, enforcement of the law requires the monitoring of planning and building. But what can be done when the law itself is discriminatory, or if there is no planning at all – thus preventing local residents from any possibility of legal building?
World Water Day is held annually on 22 March, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and on the right to water. The right to water is enshrined not only in international covenants, but also in Israel's Water Law – 1959, which states that "every person has the right to receive and to use water." This notion has since been bolstered in numerous court rulings, which have acknowledged water as a fundamental right stemming from the right to life, to dignity, and to health.