Israeli Organisations Working in the Field
Gaby Lasky Law and partners specializes in defending human rights both in Israel and in the occupied territories. The organisation represents Palestinian and Israeli human rights activists, and protects their freedom of expression and freedom to protest. Alongside this their lawyers represent Palestinian minors in the Military Courts.
ACRI – The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
ACRI, one of Israel’s oldest and largest civil society organisations, is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background. ACRI have filed a host of successful petitions to the Supreme Court. Two examples of their work saw a reduction in the time prisoners wait to be seen by a judge an improvement in the conditions for prisoners at the Ofer detention facility.
Machsom watch is a volunteer led organisation of Israeli women, who run educational tours and document events surrounding freedom of movement for residents of the West Bank. Since 2001 Machsom Watch have been observing and reporting on a daily basis by monitoring on the West Bank checkpoints, the separation fences, the agricultural gates, the military courts and in Palestinian villages. They work to engage Israeli society in discussion and acknowledgement of these issues and in improving the reality on the ground for Palestinian’s.
Established in 2005, Yesh Din (there is justice) is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.
Yesh Din launched a special project whose purpose was to examine the proceedings in the Military Courts. Following a lengthy preparation and training period, Yesh Din volunteers monitored Military Courts in the West Bank in order to examine and document their application of due process rights. Throughout the span of one year, Yesh Din monitored over 800 court hearings and published its findings.
B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in February 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
In November 2009, B’Tselem began receiving reports of violence against Palestinian minors during interrogation at the Etzion police station. Until July 2013, B’Tselem field researchers collected 64 testimonies from residents of eight communities in the southern West Bank who reported such incidents.
Reporting and Further Reading
ACRI, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel Report: One Rule Two Legal Systems http://bit.ly/1Gkltez
Children In Military Custody: A report written by a delegation of British lawyers and funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law, June 2012
Children in Military Custody: Two Years On: A Progress Report by Military Court Watch Written Two Years After the Original Lawyers Report Sited Above (‘A report written by a delegation of British lawyers and funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the treatment of Palestinian children under Israeli military law’,) September 2014
Military Court Watch website www.militarycourtwatch.org
Military Court Watch Report: Two Boys Two Laws, The discriminatory application of law in the West Bank, September 2013
Military Courts Watch: Children in Military Custody Progress Report, December 2013
The Law in These Parts, a documentary film, 2011 https://www.thelawfilm.com/eng#!/the-film
United Nations General Assembly Security Council: Children and Armed Conflict, May 2014
UNICEF Report:Children in Israeli Military Detention , February 2013
UNICEF Report: Children in Israeli Military Detention, Bulletin 2, February 2015