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The right to freedom of movement is enshrined in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. It states that everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State and that everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country. The right to freedom of movement is furthermore reiterated in Article 12 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightswhich entered into force in 1976 and was ratified by Israel in 1991. The Covenant asserts that all individuals within the territory of a State have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose their residence, everyone shall be free to leave any country and no one should be deprived of the right to enter his own country. These rights shall not be subjected to any restrictions, except those provided by law and still consistent with the other rights recognized in the Covenant .
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 10:21

Israel Announces Illegal Settlement Expansion

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In violation of international law, Israel announced a massive expansion of settlements and expropriation of land around the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem calls upon the international community to act decisively to hold Israel accountable to international law.
In this short paper, Adalah draws attention to 10 new pieces of legislation – 5 newly-enacted laws and 5 currently-proposed bills – before the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. This new legislation contains discriminatory and/or anti-democratic provisions that are liable to severely harm the human rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians living in the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), as well as those who defend their rights. The legislation is divided into two categories: (A) Legislation related to the latest, ongoing round of violence in Israel and the OPT that began in late September 2015; and (B) Legislation targeting human rights organizations and supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

قامت الإغاثة الزراعية بتنفيذ دورة تدريبية بعنوان "التمكين الحقوقي للمكلفين بالواجب" بواقع 90 ساعة تدريبية، ولمدة 12 يوم استهدفت العاملين في الوزارت والبلديات والمخاتير وقيادات المجتمع ضمن مشروع "النهوض بالنهج القائم على حقوق الانسان لحماية الأراضي الزراعية وحقوق المزارعين في قطاع غزة" والتي ترتبط أهدافه بشكل أساسي برؤية ورسالة الإغاثة الزراعية، هذا ويدعم المشر وع الأهداف المحددة للإغاثة الزراعية ضمن خطتها الاستراتيجية لعام 2015-2014 المتمثملين بخلق بيئة قانونية من اجل تنمية القطاع -الزراعي والمناطق الريفية والعمل على تفعيل المساءلة تجاه الحقوق الفمسطينية الخاصة بالقطاع الزراعي.

This report covers the period of 2013 and focuses on incidents and policies in the access restricted areas (ARA), or buffer zone, in the Gaza Strip. The report breaks down the reporting between attacks against residents and visitors of the border areas, workers in various forms of the agricultural, fishing and farming industries, rubble collectors, and demonstrators, who enter the area to protest against the mechanisms and enforcement of the buffer zone by the IOF. The report shares the documentation of attacks on civilians, including those that result in deaths and injuries; arbitrary arrests; and the policies that hinder access to livelihoods, adequate housing and education. The data raises serious questions as to the extent of the systematic violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) by the IOF against the population of the Gaza Strip, without any effective intervention from the international community, particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The report outlines the cost the Palestinian economy pays due to the siege and "separation" policy employed by the Israeli occupation authorities, and the "potential for economic recovery should access restrictions be reversed in the substantive way the report recommends."

This Paper discusses the new regulation issued by the Palestinian Council of Ministers No. 8 of 2015 amending regulation No. 3 of 2010 related to Non Profit Companies, which aims to provide the government with broad powers to intervene in NPC’s financial resources without restrictions or controls, or the possibility of complaints. This paper discuss this new regulation by exploring the connection between NPCs and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), governmental justification of this amendment, and by assessing the constitutionality and legality of this amendment in the light of international treaties that Palestine acceded to without reservation.

60% of the West Bank is designated Area C, under exclusive Israeli control. It is home to 180,000 Palestinians and includes most West Bank land reserves. Israel, citing “state lands” or “firing zones”, largely prohibits Palestinian construction. Israel’s planning policy ignores local needs: refuses to recognize villages or draft plans; blocks development and infrastructure hook-ups; and demolishes homes. Thousands are in danger of expulsion for living in firing zones or “illegal” communities. Israel has appropriated most water sources and restricts Palestinian access to them.
Saturday, 01 March 2014 12:53

Adalah/PHR-Israel/Mezan, On Torture

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“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”. The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture. Contributors to the journal are: Attorney Lea Tsemel; Dr. RuchamaMarton (PHR-Israel); Professor Manfred Nowak (former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture); Attorney JamilDakwar (American Civil Liberties Union); Attorneys IritBallas and BanaShoughry-Badarne (The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel); Attorney Gerard Horton(Defense of Children International-Palestine); Brigadier General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. (PHR-USA); Adalah; Graciela Carmon, M.D(PHR-Israel); Al Mezan; Professor Lisa Hajjar.

Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:50

Adalah: The First 15 Years

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This report is being issued to mark Adalah’s 15th anniversary. It aims to give readers an insight into the flagship legal casework that Adalah’s lawyers have litigated before the courts and argued before the state authorities. Some of these cases have yielded landmark victories on constitutional issues and led to tangible improvements on the ground, while others have served to delineate the outward limits of the Israeli constitutional and judicial order. While focusing on Adalah’s legal work, the report also highlights some of the complementary activities that Adalah carries out in parallel to its cases, including its publications, international advocacy, media work, legal education and training, and local community outreach.

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