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July-September 2015
 
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Strategic Action I: Empowering Rights Holders

A. Empowering Women and Youth
                    
    1. Youth Empowerment         
BADIL and Baladna (youth organization in Haifa) continue to implement the joint action with 30 Palestinian youth from both sides of the green line. The project aims to empower youth to raise their voice as rights holders in order to influence public opinion. Two workshops and one field visit were held. For more information, please see:

BADIL, in partnership with three Palestinian organizations from Jerusalem, has launched the Legal Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth and Promotion of Self-Protection Mechanisms Project. The project aims to raise the participants’ awareness regarding the Israeli colonial policies that take place in Jerusalem. 30 youth from Jerusalem participate in the project which featured guest speakers on international law, Israeli policies of population transfer, forced displacement in Jerusalem and documentation of human rights violations. For more information, please see:
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4474-pr-ar-310815-42.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4477-pr-ar-070915-45.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4482-pr-ar-110915-49.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4490-pr-ar-180915-51.html

     2. Women Empowerment
BADIL has implemented three workshops and a field visit to contribute to the empowerment of 20 women from areas under the threat of displacement. The workshops provided skills training on documentation, advocacy and campaigning. The field visit was to Qalqylya and Tulkarem so that the women can put the skills into practice. The project aims to empower women in areas under the threat of displacement with tools that allow them to promote self-protection mechanisms in these areas. For more information, please see:
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4483-pr-ar-100915-50.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4480-pr-ar-030915-47.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4475-pr-ar-270815-43.html

B. Enhancing Community Engagement

1. Local and National Campaigns
 
In regard to the latest UNRWA financial crises, the Global Palestinian Refugee Network, which BADIL is a founding member, organized one main campaign with four initiatives: two in West Bank and two in Gaza Strip. BADIL coordinated with political parties and refugee popular committees, all who endorsed BADIL’s statement. The initiatives included the participation of 100s of rights holders including Palestinian youth, women and children who raised slogans demanding the international community fulfill its obligations toward UNRWA and Palestinian refugees. For more information, please see:
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4451-pr-ar-290715-35.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4452-pr-ar-030815-36.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4453-pr-ar-060815-37.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4466-pr-ar-180515-40.html
 
 2. Partnerships Community Based Organisations (CBOs)
 
BADIL implements all of its programs and activities with Palestinian civil society through partnerships with community-based organizations. Both youth and women empowerment projects are currently being implemented on both sides of the Green Line with a variety of youth organizations. BADIL supported 3 community-based initiatives in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in conjunction with CBO partners. The initiatives are wide ranging and include athletic and cultural events for women, youth and children. BADIL in cooperation with Defense for Children International-Palestine Section has implemented a project to raise awareness on forced population transfer among children. The children created a photographic book which was distributed at an event in Aida Refugee Camp and was attended by the participants and their organizations. For more information, please see:

http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4474-pr-ar-310815-42.html
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4403-prar0704201517.html 

In partnership with Ma’an News Network, BADIL provided an all day training/workshop on international law and human rights terminology for 12 media personnel.
 
In partnership with Al Quds University School of Law, BADIL’s course on “Palestinian Refugees under International Law” is provided twice a year. 

C. Influencing Public Opinion

     1. Networks and Coalitions

BADIL is a founding member of the Global Palestinian Refugee Network, a coalition of Palestinian organizations from Palestine and the Palestinian Diaspora that has been established to provide a framework for the collective and strategic struggle for the realization of the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons, specifically, the rights recognized under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 of 1948 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 237 of 1967.
2015 marks the launch of the GPRN and its leading role in the development and implementation of the campaign regarding the financial crisis of the UNRWA and the responsibility of the international community towards UNRWA and Palestinian Refugees. BADIL’s statement was endorsed by the GPRN, many Palestinian community-based organizations, refugee popular committees and the Palestinian political parties. 
 
      2. Publications      3. Media
 
BADIL was hosted by Ma’an News Network for two thirty minute interviews on topics covering the UNRWA deficit crisis and Palestinian Refugees from Syria.
BADIL in the News: alternative news venues featured 26 articles highlighting BADIL’s rights-based solution, initiatives and activities, and/or mentions of BADIL’s work, including reference to the Protection Handbook; in addition to 5 academic references to BADIL’s research.
 
BADIL published 9 English and 19 Arabic press releases relating to its activities, publications and work in all its programs.

D. Institutional Agency 

BADIL performed an external evaluation of its programs spanning two strategic plans and four and a half years of work in August and September of 2015. The evaluation examined BADIL’s organizational strengths and weaknesses in the criteria of effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability and flexibility. The evaluation will be shared with the BADIL’s General Assembly at their annual meeting in October of this year and form the basis for the development of BADIL’s subsequent action plans for 2016-2018.
 
BADIL’s staff appraisal system has been developed and October constitutes the first month of its implementation.  The system was developed with external consultants and consists of job analysis, monthly action plan, midterm review and annual review.
 
BADIL hosted 2 interns in the 3rd quarter of 2015. 

Strategic Action II: Influencing Duty Bearers

1. Research
In progress: BADIL will publish in the final quarter of 2015 the Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs (X Edition), the second paper addressing corporate complicity in violation of international law in Palestine and the fifth working paper in the forced population transfer series, the permit regime. 

2. Legal and International Advocacy

International Advocacy: 
BADIL hosted 21 international delegations for a total of 297 participants, in addition to quite a few one-on-one meetings with PhD candidates and researchers from July to September. The majority of the lectures focused on highlighting historic and contemporary displacement via the nine main Israeli policies of forced population transfer. A lecture on Israeli crimes and violations in the E1 area was also given at the request of one delegation.
 
With international media, BADIL briefed journalists and media personnel from Denmark, Norway, and Spain, at their request through local or international partners. The briefings focused on forced population transfer, Israeli policies and field visits to locations in which home demolitions and displacement took place. BADIL also briefed a delegation of UK parliamentarians at the request of Medical Aid for Palestine.
 
BADIL continued the dissemination of the Protection Handbook to professional networks, bilateral and multilateral meetings with various NGOs with a view to maintain and enhance influence and cooperation as well as continued engagement with UN working groups on forcible transfer and accountability. 

Legal Advocacy: 
1. In the occupied Palestinian territory:
  • Release of Forcible Transfer: Essential Legal Principles (quick reference guide)
  • Submission of 23-page report to the Special Rapportuer on the oPt regarding presence of Israeli colonization and apartheid inside the oPt which was endorsed by Civic Coalition for Jerusalem.
  • Engagement with the Standing Committee of UNHCR
  • Engagement with the UNHRC-mandated Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights
  • PHROC position paper and press release on UNRWA funding gap.
  • Briefing of Special Committee in Amman, with focus on complicit companies.
  • Provision of legal brief on the presence of persecution inside the Gaza Strip, to be used as part of a Palestinian asylum case within the Canadian courts
  • Drafting and completion of internally-edited draft of BADIL’s ICC submission on forced displacement inside the Gaza Strip. BADIL expects to submit the report to the ICC in late November. 
  • Engagement with the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council.  
  • Drafting of position paper regarding contemporary presence of forcible transfer inside Area C, subsequently endorsed by all PHROC members.
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