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Terre des Hommes

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Country/TerritorySwitzerland
Websitewww.terredeshommes.org
Founded1959
In their own words "to work for the rights of the child and to promote equitable development without racial, religious, cultural or gender-based discrimination."

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  • Signatory to the April 2015 Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA) joint agency briefing paper “Charting a New Course: Overcoming the Stalemate in Gaza,” misrepresenting international law and distorting legal terminology to place primary blame for the 2014 Gaza war on Israel. The paper omits Hamas rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, as well as terror tunnels running beneath the border into Israel. The paper further encourages contact with Hamas, stating: “Restricted contact can undermine humanitarian access and implementation of humanitarian programmes…”
    • According to the report, “Israel’s illegal policies need to be challenged with practical measures that account for donor and third state responsibilities, specifically, accountability, conditionality, and engagement with all parties.”
  • In August 2015, TDH Italy and TDH Switzerland were signatories to a petition calling on world leaders to “lift the blockade” and “stop this injustice” as “the blockade has been found to be in violation of international law and is collective punishment of all Palestinians in Gaza.”
  • In August 2015, TDH Italy was a signatory on a joint call “urging world leaders to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza and remove the restrictions on basic building materials needed to reconstruct the coastal strip,” as “there can never be justification for collective punishment of an entire population.”
  • In July 2015, TDH Italy and Oxfam Italy signed a letter to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi calling on the Italian government to “exact compliance on Israel with international law and humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territory and end the blockade on Gaza, which constitutes collective punishment in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.”
  • In February 2015, TDH joined 29 other international aid agencies in releasing a statement titled “We must not fail in Gaza,” referring to Israel as the “occupying power,” and calling for Israel to “fully lift the blockade…fragile ceasefire must be reinforced…and those responsible for violations must be brought to justice.”
  • In December 2014, TDH signed a statement of “solidarity with women in Gaza,” calling on the “Government of Israel to end its military occupation, which continues to impede upon the fundamental rights of all Palestinians in Gaza.”
  • In December 2013, TDH was a signatory on a statement denouncing Israeli home demolitions as they “facilitate the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements and the destruction of civilian property is a violation of International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law.”
  • Issued a joint statement on November 19, 2012, with 44 other highly politicized organizations, calling on the international community to “apply immediate pressure on the government of Israel” and warning of a “widespread humanitarian disaster in Gaza brought on by a prolonged [Israeli] military occupation.”
  • In June 2012, TDH, alongside 49 international charities, signed on a call to lift the blockade, stating “‘For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: end the blockade now.’”
  • In November 2011, TDH took part in an anti-weapon campaign that lobbied the Members of Parliament of the Christian Democrat party to disrupt Germany’s arms trade with Israel and other states accused of not respecting international humanitarian standards. This campaign was conducted in cooperation with other NGOs including Human Rights Watch, Brot für die Welt, Evangelische Entwicklungdienst (EED)1, SODI (Solidarität Dienst), Oxfam Germany, Caritas, Kritische Aktionäre, and Facing Finance.

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Footnotes

  1. On August 30, 2012, Brot für die Welt merged with the Church Development Service (Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst-EED) and formed “Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst” (Bread for the World – Evangelical Church Development Service), as part of the new Evangelical Agency for Diakonia and Development (Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung).

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