Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)

Profile

Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Websitehttp://lphr.org.uk/
Founded1988
In their own words“A legal charity in the UK that works on projects focused on protecting and promoting Palestinian human rights.”

Funding

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

BDS Activities

  • In April 2020, LPHR published a briefing calling for the UK government to “Ban settlement goods from entering the UK marketplace. This is a requirement anchored by third-party state duties under international law.”
  • In 2018-2020, LPHR lobbied intensively in support of the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line, aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel. LPHR signed multiple letters to the UN calling for the database to be implemented without further delay.
  • In December 2019, LPHR lodged a complaint with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) accusing JCB, a UK construction company, of alleged “involvement in human rights breaches in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
  • In February 2018, LPHR signed a statement supporting the discriminatory UN database of businesses operating across the 1949 Armistice line aimed at bolstering BDS campaigns against Israel. According to the statement, “the Database should be a mechanism that assists states in meeting their obligations under international law, including the obligation not to recognize as lawful – even implicitly ­– the illegal situation created by Israeli settlements and not to contribute to maintaining this illegal situation.”
  • In February 2017, LPHR wrote a letter to the UK Secretary of State asking that the UK government “reconsiders and changes its current position of not supporting the development of a business and human rights database by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights which will list companies involved in settlement activities that adversely impact Palestinian human rights” as it is “in stark contrast to the government’s long-standing approach to the illegality of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.”
  • In October 2016, LPHR wrote a letter to the UK Foreign Secretary requesting that the UK government “carefully reconsiders its current position of supporting the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism agreement” as the agreement “effectively perpetuates and gives tacit approval to the nearly decade old illegal closure imposed on Gaza by successive Israeli governments.”
  • In September 2016, Director of LPHR Tareq Shrourou was a signatory on a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Chairman of FIFA’s Israel Palestine Monitoring Committee Tokyo Sexwale stating that it is “unconscionable that FIFA should explicitly or implicitly continue to endorse the situation…which manifestly undermines respect for the international rule of law and basic human rights for Palestinians,” and called for FIFA to “withdraw its vital consent for football clubs based in illegal Israeli settlements to play in the Israeli football league.”
  • In December 2015, Shrourou was a signatory on a letter to Members of European Parliament calling on the European Union to “withhold incoming as well as outgoing trade with settlements in compliance with the duty of non-recognition…Trading with settlements constitutes implicit recognition and is a violation of international law.”
  • In October 2015, LPHR stated that it “does not take a policy on BDS in relation to Israel proper, but we do take a considered policy position that the UK government should withhold incoming and outgoing trade with illegal Israeli settlements as a matter of compliance with their fundamental legal obligations.”
  • In November 2014, LPHR was a signatory on a call to the European Union to “suspend its Association Agreement with Israel until it complies with international law” as the EU is “contributing to the climate of impunity and lack of accountability… the EU is providing material support to Israel’s violations of international law and failing to uphold its own commitments under international law.”
  • 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.”

Lack of Verifiable Sources

  • In June 2015, LPHR, along with Al-Mezan and Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), released “No More Impunity: Gaza’s Health Sector Under Attack.” The publication alleged the “destruction of and damage to medical infrastructure and loss of life and injury to civilians and medical personnel” during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Like previous publications from these NGOs, “No More Impunity” is characterized by one-sided accounts, a total lack of verifiable sources, and lack of context. In addition, LPHR and its partners erase the terror affiliation of three “paramedics” and “medical volunteers” who were killed in an Israeli strike.

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