Coalition for Justice

شعار التحالف

 

 

“Legal Protection and Justice for Vulnerable Groups- HEMAYA” Project

 

الحماية القانونية و العدالة للفئات الهشة ” حماية”

 

The Coalition for Justice was established on March 22, 2011 when three local NGOs: Seyyadah Center for Human Rights, Jousor and al-Tawasol Forum united together in one consortium. Seyyadah is licensed as a Palestinian non-profit company that seeks to spread legal and community awareness to all groups of the Palestinian community. And al-Tawasol is licensed as a non-profit organization that aims to develop youth and children through qualitative education, cultural and training programs and relief and humanitarian services, while Jousor is a non-profit organization focusing on Community and social development.

The aims of the establishment of the Coalition for Justice, through the “Legal Aid and Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups in Gaza” Project, are:

 

1-      To unite and intensify the efforts of the two organizations to raise the level of legal and social services provided to the several groups of the local society;

2-      To comprehensively diversify the legal services: legal awareness, specialized legal consulting, legal representation, and psycho-social support.

Proposal Justification

 

The Palestinian community has been going through concrete crisis due to the deteriorating economic situation, the high unemployment rates and object poverty as consequences of the tight Israeli siege and the continuous Israeli occupation. There is a remarkable increase in the number of families that have become unable to meet their basic needs, as they have become more venerable and marginalized. The life conditions of the middle class have terribly deteriorated along with the severe deterioration of the quality of services in the areas of sanitation, education, electricity, water, and infrastructure and environmental, provided to citizens.

 

Palestinian citizens have been suffering from the continuous Israeli occupation that has been violating their right of freedom of movement and goods, leaving them hopeless and insecure. Moreover, the Palestinian division has worsened their daily life circumstances and has widely weakened the social relationship among citizens. Consequently, community conflicts sharply increased, and the trust in the justice system obviously declined, and citizens used the tribal control in their issues.

 

It is important, here, to highlight that the vulnerable groups in Middle Gaza, which is one of the most marginalized areas in the Gaza Strip, badly need to access to justice to get their rights. This fact is proved in the results of a survey conducted in marginalized areas in Middle Gaza by Coalition for Justice in November 2011, indicating that the social groups as women, the unemployed, workers, and juveniles are the weakest and least knowledgeable to demand or know how to get their rights.

 

The idea of the “Legal Protection and Justice for Vulnerable Groups- HEMAYA” aims to enhance the rule of law through expanding the recently-established legal aid network. This will be in harmony with the actual needs of the vulnerable groups through strengthening their rights to development, and getting the basic social services from different service providers and local authorities. These rights are guaranteed by constitution and international covenants, and so they are legally binding rights rather than moral obligation.

 

Project Description and Objectives

 

Main Objectives

1-      Increase legal awareness among the vulnerable groups in Middle Gaza to promote their claim of their legal rights and broaden their opportunities to access to justice through cooperation with other local organizations.

2-      Help in building trust in judicial and justice systems.

3-      Enhance the concept of development and right of access to economic and social rights, based on the Palestinian Basic Law and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, helping these groups to meet legal and developmental needs in general.

4-      Assist in solving legal and developmental problems among the social vulnerable groups

5-      Empower, legally and developmentally, local society members to overcome the obstacles of economic and social empowerment, and then to be provided with qualitative social, health, education, and environmental services.

Project Description

“Legal Protection and Justice for Vulnerable Groups- HEMAYA” Proposal mainly focuses on protecting the rights of the vulnerable groups, in general, and the developmental, economic and social rights in particular. To make this true, the Proposal includes providing the vulnerable groups with legal awareness campaigns. Strengthening cooperation and coordination among local society organizations in Middle Gaza (Deir al-Balah, al-Nusseirat, al-Bureij, al-Zawayydah, al-Maghazi and al-Mssadar) will make these rights facts on the grounds through:

  • Legal aid service, which will provide specialized legal consulting for individuals and collective cases and several legal services by the Legal Aid Clinic, run by the Coalition for Justice, and hold legal awareness workshops.
  • Legal representation for 50 cases from the vulnerable groups before Sharia courts
  • Supporting the activities of the Network of Legal Aid Providers and other coordinating bodies.
  • Maintaining the partnership with organizations working in the area of the Right to Development.
  • Refer to the PBA the civil cases in need of legal representation.
  • Support the Legal Aid Database, established in the first phase of the “Legal Aid and Empowerment for Vulnerable Groups in Gaza” Project
  • Continue to publicize the relatively new concept “Free Legal Aid” in the Palestinian context, to enable the vulnerable group easily access the Legal Aid Clinic.

 

Since Coalition for Justice believes in the importance of utilizing the concept of “Right to Development”, a series of expanded, thorough consultations and community activities will be implemented with service providers and decision makers to collect opinions and deepen the conceptual framework of the “Right to Development”.

To enhance the concept of the “Right to Development” a number of activities will be implemented: workshops and public meetings and sessions to widen the work on, an advocacy and lobbying campaign will be launched, and publications and media activities will be published. These activities, at the end, will lead to hold a comprehensive central conference on the “Right to Development” in partnership with partner organizations in the Southern Gaza.

Workshops on the “Right to Development” will be held, tackling the rights of accessing basic social services, social and economic development, and getting public services and guaranteeing the quality of these services: education, environment, electricity, sewage system, sanitation, potable water, and public services.

In the same regard, the Palestinian division has its widely-bad impacts on the social relationships. Due to the division social tensions and pressures have peaked and citizens have tended to conflict and litigate instead of using tolerant and peaceful solutions. Since the Palestinian extended family is highly considered in the Palestinian society, legal problems, hence, definitely have social dimensions. This question requires community-based solutions that would repair the internal problems, saving time and efforts without being involved in long and tiring, and sometimes destructive, legal disputes of the disputing parties. The problems relating to young couples, whose experiences in life are little, require community-based solutions. Another important problem is that relating to the families of the victims of the Palestinian-Palestinian political dispute of mid 2007, which direly needs community efforts to support the national reconciliation and community tolerance and domestic peace. All these efforts should come in harmony with legal frameworks and build the bases of development and reconstruction to guarantee the provision of basic social services to achieve, then, the citizens’ right of comprehensive development.

Because there are sensitivities in the cases resulted from the Palestinian-Palestinian dispute, it is necessary to find practical and serious comparisons that spring from the local context, depend on the values of the Palestinian society, and use its acceptable mechanisms. For this, it is necessity to start enhancing the community reconciliation at the level of grassroots through coordination with the informal justice system, represented by disputes settlement-men, to find peaceful solutions and spread the values of tolerance in the Palestinian society, paving the way for a comprehensive national reconciliation.

Coalition for Justice will work with disputes settlement-men to bridge the gap between them and the formal justice system and to make their performance in line with the principles of human rights, especially with the issues relating to the rights of vulnerable groups, especially women. And also, to upgrade their qualifications and train them to stand before their responsibilities in solving the problems and support the Legal Aid Clinic’s team and their mediation efforts.

Outcomes

Outcome 1: Legal Aid is enhanced through:

  • Legal awareness  workshops
  • Legal consultations provided by the Legal Aid Clinic
  • Legal representation to the cases referred by the Legal Aid Clinic to the PBA
  • Media campaign to publicize the concept of the project and to implement the initiated legal empowerment for community members.

Outcome 2: Utilize the concept of “Right to Development” as a legal binding right through:

  • Organize focus groups to hold a series of specialized consultations with decision makers, service providers and community activists.
  • Launch advocacy and lobbying campaign and launch media campaign, where volunteer students of law participated in.
  • Hold awareness workshops for vulnerable groups about the Right to Development and access to services that meet their basic needs.
  • Conduct studies, surveys, and legal reviews about the Right to Development and access to basic social services.
  • Hold a central conference on the “Right to Development” in coordination with the partner organizations in Southern Gaza.

Outcome 3: Support Community Reconciliation

  • Train representatives of the informal justice system, settlement-dispute men, on selected subjects: community mediation skills, negotiations skills, dispute settlement, human rights, women’s rights, and gender and arbitration.
  • Round-table meetings about community reconciliation
  • Public meetings with decision makers in the community
  • Awareness workshops on the necessity of community reconciliation
  • Trainings to young couples

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عيادة رفح

جمعيه جسور

رفح- حي الجنينة- عماره قشطة- الطابق الثالث

2130133

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مدخل النصيرات- عماره الياسين – الطابق الثاني

2560204