UN study reveals record number of demolitions in occupied Palestinian territory in 2016
29 December 2016 – A recently completed United Nations study indicates that during 2016, Israeli authorities demolished or seized 1,089 Palestinian-owned structures throughout the West Bank – including East... More
UN humanitarian official flags 'catastrophic’ situation in Syria despite eastern Aleppo evacuations
23 December 2016 – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria, a senior United Nations humanitarian official underlined the enormity challenges of the continuing humanitarian operations in the... More
Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements - a ‘significant step’
23 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory... More
After promising start, 2016 has been worst for civilians in Syria
After a promising start, the year 2016 has been the worst for civilian casualties so far in the war in Syria, according to the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry into the Middle Eastern... More
Iraq: UN human rights office urges investigation into use of force against protestors
The United Nations human rights office today urged the Government of Iraq to immediately conduct an independent, transparent and effective investigation into the use of force by security forces against... More
Equality and justice ‘not luxuries’ but crucial foundations of Iraq’s stability
Iraq must immediately take concrete steps to plan for “the day after” the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a senior United Nations human rights official urged today, calling for... More
UN rights office 'extremely concerned' about killing of Palestinian man in West Bank
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today said it is extremely concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution last Thursday of a Palestinian man in the... More
Everyone is losing’ in the Syrian conflict, UN relief chief tells Security Council
While welcoming the recent announcement of a cessation of hostilities in Syria as a “long-awaited signal of hope,” the top United Nations humanitarian official today echoed the calls of the world body and the... More
Breaking out of Israeli-Palestinian political morass requires ‘courageous work of many’
While violence erupting in Israel and Palestine is regrettably showing “no sign of relenting,” the United Nations and its Quartet partners are actively seeking the way forward, the UN envoy for the Middle East... More
‘Fear must be eclipsed by wisdom’
At a special meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that Israeli-Palestinian violence will draw “closer to a catastrophe” if not stopped... More
Scales for Justice updates
NGOs join forces on behalf of Palestinian HRD Issa Amro
On 23 November 2016 Palestinian HRD Issa Amro will appear before an Israeli military court in a trial that puts him under imminent risk of imprisonment. His case stands symbolic for the widespread targeting of human rights activists using old and exaggerated charges in a military court system whose conviction rate for Palestinians is over 99%. In collaboration with many other NGOs and individuals, including the former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Prof. Dr. Richard Falk, Scales for Justice (S4J) has submitted a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on the case.
EU HRD Abdallah Abu Rahma targeted again
Scales for Justice (S4J) has urged the UN to immediately take action in view of a sentence to be handed down on Palestinian HRD Abdallah Abu Rahma on 27 September 2013, that places him under high risk of imprisonment and/ or deportation from his village following an arrest by the Israeli authorities during the Alwada Cycling Marathon on Friday 13 May 2016. Following the arrest he was held in arbitrary detention for 10 days despite a ruling by the Ofer military Court dating from 14 May 2016, stating that had to be released immediately and unconditionally. Read the full article here
The UN must take a firm stand for HRD in Egypt
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF) and Scales for Justice (S4J) have called on several UN special prcedures and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take a firm stand on behalf of Human Rights Defender Dr. Eng. Ahmed Abdallah, Board Director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), who is under preventive detention by the Egyptian authorities after being arrested from his home 25 April 2016 at 4:00 AM. His arrest comes amid a sweep of more than 300 arrests in Cairo, Alexandria and other governorates, during which Egyptian security forces have arrested several human rights defenders and transferred them to different police stations. If brought to trial Ahmed Abdallah might face long-term imprisonment or death sentence. Read the full article here
New wave of reprisals against Youth Against Settlements
30th session of the HRC
The 30th regular session of the HRC took place from 14 September to 2 October 2015 in The "Palais des Nations" in Geneva. S4J actively participated in the session and contributed through a number of presentations. It was further a special honor to welcome and accompany human rights defender Issa Amro from Hebron, Palestine, who held an oral statement under agenda item 7 of the Council's agenda and for whom S4J organized and a number of panels and meetings. Read the full report here.
S4J meets Lina Khattab
On 6 August 2015, several weeks after her release, S4J met 18-year old Lina Khattab in her home in Ramallah. Lina had been arrested in the context of a protest near Ofer on 13 December 2014 and held in prison inside Israel for almost 6 months. S4J had followed her case with great concern as there was strong suspicion for the sentence to be arbitrary and had sent an urgent appeal to several UN Special Procedures on her behalf. Although S4J was glad to see Lina free, we were still disturbed to hear her testimony. Read the full report here
29th session of the HRC
The 29th regular session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) began on 15 June 2015. S4J actively participated in several panels organized at the UN. During these meetings S4J adressed the issue of occupation in the context of the right to self-determination as well as the general pattern of colonialism. Read the full article here.
Scales for Justice (S4J) is a human rights NGO working towards peace and reconciliation through active engagement with international human rights bodies such as the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). S4J is further convinced that adressing injustice cannot be complete without practical action ....
In June 2015 S4J President D. Dönges gave an interview with Ahmed Quraishi from express news. The interview began by discussing the case of Kashmir compared to Palestine, followed by the situation in Pakistan, discrimination, blasphemy laws and the case of Asia Bibi, islamophobia in Europe and finally how to reach real diversity in our respective cultures.
S4J Country visit: Palestine
S4J was founded in the conviction that justice is precondition for universal and lasting peace, yet that far too few times action is taken. In order to understand the situation on the grund S4J undertook several field visits to the occupied Palestinian territories. S4J remains deeply concerned about the situation, as the ongoing illegal occupation and creeping land annexation by Israel have led to a systematic pattern of harassment, abuse, discrimination and violence that affect Palestinian human rights on all levels. Read the full report here.
Scales for Justice (S4J) has defined the four fundamental freedoms - freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear and freedom from want - as the core field of its work. S4J considered it therefore important for HR defender Abdallah Aburahma to attend the 28th regular session of the Human Rights Council and meet with representatives from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for further protection. Read the full report of his visit here.
S4J Country visit: Pakistan
S4J is concerned about the rights of minorities and the right to development. In order to understand the situation on the ground S4J undertook a field visit to Pakistan, whre minorities suffer from a systematic pattern of discrminiation that affects their human rights on all leves, in particular with regard to the right to freedom of religion and their right to development. Read the full report here.
S4J Country visit: Lebanon
S4J Country visit: Lebanon
Scales for Justice undertook a field visit to the camps of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Among other factors S4J found that the humanitarian situation is dire and especially concerning in view of the health conditions in the camps as well as the lack of educational opportunities for children. Urgent action is needed, concluded S4J, and even if we can only do our small little share it is important to help other human beings to pass such a difficult phase without losing hope and strength. Read the full report here.
Susyia, a policy of starvation and expulsion
In August 2015 S4J visited one more time the village of Susiya, which is under imminent threat of destruction after Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected a petition for an interim order to freeze demolition orders. Protests are taking place weekly in order to prevent the demolitions and diplomats including from the EU, the US and the UN have urged the Israeli authorities to halt demolitions. Susiya is an appealing example the ongoing occupation and illegal expansion of settlements has on the ground. Read the full article here