Society of St. Yves


In their own words"National and International Lobby[ing] and Advocacy," claiming "to bring the situation of the poor and marginalized to the attention of communities around the world."



  • Founded by Michel Sabbah “to help ‘the poor and the oppressed’ according to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.”
  • Although St. Yves’ “primary thrust is in Legal Advocacy before the courts,” it also works to provide “information and awareness raising lectures with the aim of empowering the local community to know how to demand its rights.”

Political Advocacy

UN Activities


  • Member of the “Legal Taskforce,” together with other NGOs: ACRIBimkomHaMoked, UNDP, ICAHDPCATIRabbis For Human RightsPHRYesh Din, the Jerusalem Coalition, Addameer, the NRC, and others. The taskforce seeks to “employ lawyers and have legal action strategies in the struggle against the occupation.”
  • Member of the Coalition for Jerusalem, which aims “to oppose Israeli Government arbitrary measures… and to reaffirm that East Jerusalem is the capital of the future Palestinian state.”
  • Jointly prosecutes home demolitions in Jerusalem with the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center (JLAC) through the “Jerusalem House Demolition Learning Alliance.”
  • Member of the “Displacement Work Group,” an initiative of Badil and OCHA, comprised of NGOs including: Addameer, Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, AIC, ARIJ, Badil, BIMKOM, B’Tselem, CARE Intnl., DCI – Palestine section, Diakonia, EAPPI, Ir Amim, ICAHD, Maan Development Ctr, MAP UK, Oxfam UK, Oxfam Solidarite – Belgium, PA Govt. Spokesperson, PCHR, RHR, Society of St. Yves, Save the Children UK, Shatil, UNFPA, Stop the Wall, ACRI, UNFPA, WCLAC, World Vision, and Yesh Din.

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