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Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttp://lphr.org.uk/
In their own words“A legal charity in the UK that works on projects focused on protecting and promoting Palestinian human rights.”

Funding

Does not publish financial information, reflecting a lack of transparency and accountability. States only that LPHR is “funded entirely through kind donations.”

Activities

  • Aims to “effect a positive transformation of the urgent and critical human rights situation for Palestinians.”
  • Seeks to achieve its goals through “a combination of: legal advice and support; human rights and international law education and advocacy; research, monitoring and urgent actions on rights violations; public policy and lobbying; and utilising human rights complaint mechanisms of domestic and international institutions.”
  • Political Advocacy:  LPHR, together with Al Mezan and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) submitted a February 6, 2015 joint public statement to the UN following the 2014 Gaza war, falsely accusing Israel of “repeated apparent deliberate or reckless targeting of medical infrastructure and personnel by the Israeli military,” “apparent unjustifiable obstruction of emergency medical access to the injured,” and “serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.” The letter altogether omits the countless violations of international law by Hamas, such as rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel, and Hamas’ systematic exploitation of civilians and civilian structures illegally shield their operations.
  • Director of LPHR Tareq Shrourou co-published an August 4, 2014 letter in The Guardian, accusing Israel of committing “war crimes” and urging the British government to “publicly condemn” Israel’s “brutally destructive military campaign” and “deliberate targeting of family residential homes.”
  • Submitted an October 22, 2014 open letter to U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond accusing Israeli military forces of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the 2014 Gaza war. While LPHR makes the unsubstantiated allegation of Israel’s use of a human shield, it ignores the repeated and widely documented use of human shields by Hamas operatives in Gaza.
  • LPHR member Jinan Bastaki published an October 23, 2014 blog post advocating for a Palestinian “right of return,” which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.
  • Promotes BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns and in June 2014, LPHR, represented by lawyers Leigh Day, filed a complaint against security company G4S, claiming it has “breached the obligation to respect human rights of those affected by their activities.”  According to its website, “LPHR was provided with information for the complaint by the following NGOs: Who Profits, Defence for Children International Palestine, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organisation, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling, Al-Haq, Military Court Watch and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.” These NGOs regularly promote the 2001 Durban strategy, which utilizes BDS and lawfare campaigns in an effort to delegitimize Israel through international isolation.
  • In December 2013, LPHR together with Defence for Children International Palestine (DCP-I) initiated a “Know Your Rights” campaign, seeking to “inform Palestinian children who are arrested, detained, interrogated and tried through the Israeli Military Court system of their legal rights throughout the entire process.” The campaign relies on an inaccurate March 2013 UNICEF report that alleged “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” ill-treatment of children within the system. LPHR omits that Israel established a military juvenile tribunal, which entitles minors to significantly better conditions than adults. The group also disregards the circumstances that may have led to such arrests, such as terror activity and violence.

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