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Human Rights Defenders Fund (HRDF)

Profile

Country/TerritoryIsrael
Websitehttp://hrdf.org.il/
Founded2011
In their own words“HRDF saw its calling to help human rights defenders struggling to finance legal actions” following “increasing violations of the liberties of individuals and organizations peacefully defending human rights in Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, as well as attempts to silence the voices of condemnation and protest through legislation and aggressive military and police policy.”

Funding

Activities

  • HRDF “operates a hotline for emergency assistance, and provides legal counsel and representation for all types of legal proceedings: from on-call lawyers during protest activities, assistance during arrest and detentions by the police, military or security services, to representation in court trials, and more.”

Political Advocacy

  • While HRDF quotes the UN definition of “human rights defenders,” it ignores the universality of the concept by readily admitting that “[p]reference will be given in allocating resources to finance the criminal cases against community leaders who are human rights defenders and active in the struggle against human rights abuses towards the Palestinians in the West Bank.”
  • HRDF has funded “legal aid and defense to HRDs who face different forms of legal persecution” including “Israeli and Palestinian HRDs who participate in nonviolent protests against the Israeli occupation in the West-Bank; HRDs fighting for the rights of indigenous Bedouins in the Negev/Naqab desert in Israel; HRDs fighting for LGBTQ rights; Israelis of Ethiopian origin faced with police brutality and racism; and many more.”
  • On February 5, 2016, HRDF participated in “Blacklisted: Israeli Artists and NGOs for Human Rights and Peace,” a festival “to send a message that silencing, shaming and blacklisting Israelis who oppose — and speak out against — the occupation of the Palestinian territories will not work.”
  • During the 2014 Gaza war, Biblash wrote a post on Facebook, demanding “end the occupation from Jordan to the sea.”
  • In referring to a 2014 report by Yesh Din (an NGO closely affiliated with HRDF, see below), Biblash stated, “It is time to announce MIP [Military Investigative Police] as an invalid mechanism and stop the cooperation with its false and cover-up investigations and invest in an outside, trusty investigation mechanism with a clear and broad mandate. And of course, in dismantling the Israeli apartheid regime.” (September 15, 2014).

Staff

Partial list of foreign donations (amounts in NIS)

Amounts based on NGO annual financial reports; 2016-2017 amounts based on financial reports submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits.

Donor201720162015201420132012
AECID (Spain)600,286
Switzerland428,782141,276219,047277,940388,005161,628
Cordaid (Netherlands)23,28874,860
DanChurch Aid (Denmark)68,500
Norwegian Human Rights Fund77,91069,800
Germany148,771
HEKS-EPER (Germany)58,575
Norway86,300
Denmark56,513

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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