Founded in 1972, headquartered in Jerusalem with branches in Tel Aviv and Haifa
ACRI claims it “is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the rights of all, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.”
In 2006-2009, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $3,274,693 to ACRI (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
ACRI receives funding from the European Union (€231,759 – 2010-2012); the governments of Sweden (via Diakonia), the UK (£73,000 in 2008-09), Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium; Ford Foundation; and Christian Aid.
ACRI’s work encompasses legal and policy advocacy, education, and public outreach. ACRI “view[s] international advocacy as an essential channel through which to advance key human rights concerns in Israel and the Occupied Territories.” This activity includes “[s]ubmitting shadow reports and providing information to UN committees and representatives concerning Israel’s compliance with its human rights obligations; meeting with foreign diplomats and government representatives; participating in international conferences and NGO networks; and raising awareness of human rights issues by generating ongoing international media coverage.”
Utilizes the Israeli Supreme Court to promote its stance on gender equality issues, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, equality for Arab citizens, gay and lesbian rights, and human rights.
ACRI filed a petition in December 2009 referring to Road 443 as an “apartheid road.” Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch rebuked ACRI for employing “apartheid” rhetoric saying that “the great difference between the security means adopted by the State of Israel for defense against terrorist attacks and the unacceptable practices of the policy of apartheid requires that any comparison or use of this grave term be avoided.”