Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization

Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization

by Lynn Welchman
Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization

Al-Haq: A Global History of the First Palestinian Human Rights Organization

by Lynn Welchman

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The leadership and legacy of al-Haq, from its origins in Palestine to its international impact
 
Established in Ramallah in 1979, al-Haq was the first Palestinian human rights organization and one of the first such organizations in the Arab world. This inside history explores how al-Haq initiated methodologies in law and practice that were ahead of its time and that proved foundational for many strands of today’s human rights work in Palestine and elsewhere. Lynn Welchman looks at both al-Haq’s history and legacy to explore such questions as: Why would one set up a human rights organization under military occupation? How would one go about promoting the rule of law in a Palestinian society deleteriously served by the law and with every reason to distrust those charged with implementing its protections? How would one work to educate overseas allies and activate international law in defense of Palestinian rights? This revelatory story speaks to the practice of local human rights organizations and their impact on international groups.




 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520379756
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Series: New Directions in Palestinian Studies , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Lynn Welchman is Professor of Law in the Middle East and North Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She worked in different capacities with al-Haq from the early 1980s.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Writing al-Haq 1

Scholarship: Al-Haq and Human Rights 4

Framing the Work 6

Al-Haq Contributions 8

1 Context 13

The Occupied Territories, Israel, and the PLO 13

West Bank Legal Profession 16

Camp David 18

Human Rights Organizations 20

International Law 23

Human Rights in the Region 25

2 Beginnings 28

3 Founders 47

Raja Shehadeh 47

Jonathan Kuttab 59

Charles Shammas 66

LSM Steering Committee 72

4 Organization 73

Who Are We? in 1983 74

The Politics of LSM 79

Participation, Voluntarism, and Wednesday Evening Meetings 90

Members and Staffers 98

Into the Intifada: Twenty Years of Occupation 101

5 Interventions and Allies 108

Interventions 109

Allies 121

The ICRC 131

The Enforcement Project 135

6 Field and Legal Research 147

Fieldwork Methodology 147

The Risks of Fieldwork 152

Intifada Expansion 155

From Affidavits to Publications and Campaigns 156

Affidavits and the Palestinian Audience 159

Fieldwork and the Database 160

Publishing on Prisons 161

Structural Work 165

Legal Advice and Know Your Rights 170

Invoking the Law 178

7 Fallouts 183

Epilogue 211

Notes 229

Bibliography 283

Index 301

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