Archive for the ‘Association for Civil Rights in Israel’ tag
A new report by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) concludes that people and organizations with economic means use libel (SLAPP) suits to silence criticism. Attorney Avner Pinchuk, the report’s author, claims that “the primary effect of these law suits is not legal but public: a silencing of criticism leveled against the plaintiff, and harming of those who interfere with his affairs. (ACRI)
(Hebrew – Haaretz)
According to the 2012 Report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT, compiled by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the police, in an unprecedented move, summoned activists to illegal questioning sessions about their plans for future protests and even about the content of the protest signs they planned to hold. The police also set unlawful and unreasonable demands as preconditions for a demonstration permit. In addition, this year again saw reports of police officers refusing to identify themselves during demonstrations, a violation of police regulations, as well as many reports of officers dispersing demonstrations and arresting demonstrators without legal cause and with the use of excessive force. (ACRI)
(Hebrew – ACRI)
According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s (ACRI) annual report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2012, the Ministry of Interior’s procedure for granting asylum in Israel is inconsistent with international standards. Furthermore, the procedure violates the right of claim of asylum seekers; asylum interviews are unfair, humiliating and threatening, and the research concerning the asylum seekers’ countries of origin is biased, selective and unprofessional. In the two years in which the Ministry has been processing asylum requests, only a single person was recognized as a refugee, out of approximately 8,000 asylum reqeusts. (ACRI)
(Hebrew – ACRI)
According to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel’s (ACRI) Annual Report on the State of Human Rights in Israel and the OPT 2012, the past year has seen a record in incitement and violence towards asylum seekers. Fire bombs were thrown at homes and a kindergarden for the children of asylum seekers, apartments of asylum seekers were torched, and asylum seekers were stabbed. Public figures and senior government officials made racist remarks, declaring that asylum seekers are criminals and that they spread disease. (ACRI)
(Hebrew – ACRI)
According to the 2012 annual report on the state of human rights in Israel, compiled by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), new regulations were adopted in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem which significantly limit the right to protest, by requiring special permits in order to set up tents as well as for other protest actions. In Tel-Aviv, the municipality acted in an unequal manner toward activists with different agendas. In Jerusalem, a protest encampment set up by social activists was dismantled, while its occupants’ personal belongings were confiscated. (ACRI)
(Hebrew – ACRI)
The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) has written to the President of Haifa University, Amos Shapira, following his decision to suspend public activities on campus. The Association claims that the decision is an disproportionate attack on freedom of expression and is in violation of the university charter and past court decisions.
(Hebrew – News1)
B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have filed an appeal against the decision of the Police Investigations Unit (PIU) to close three cases that were opened following complaints it had received, and asked to copy the investigative files on behalf of the complainants. Studying of the files has shown faults in the PIU treatment of the cases. In two of the cases attorney Gabi Lasky has filed an appeal to the State’s Attorney on behalf of B’Tselem. Another case has been transferred to ACRI which has filed an additional appeal. (B’Tselem)
(Hebrew - B’Tselem)
Mahmoud Qaraeen, a Palestinian member of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), was summoned to talk to a Shabak investigator at the Shalem police station in Jerusalem. Qaraeen was questioned about his life and work although he was not suspected of any specific crime, and the questioning was unrelated to any ongoing investigation.
The Shin Bet has recommended demolition of the houses of the families of Amjad and Hakim Awad, killers of the Fogel family, both of them already sentenced to five life sentences in prison, even after the Association for Civil Rights had previously stated in 2009 that family house demolitions means the total destruction of family life and hurts the right for dignity.
Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein supports the law permitting small communities to screen potential residents. This is response to a High Court of Justice appeal claiming the law is disciminating and humiliating.