Coordination and Networking:

The coordinator and coordinator assistant of the right to development project within National Society for Democracy and Law NSDL executed some field visits for Civil Society Organizations CSOs , CBOs and universities for the purpose of networking and coordinating for awareness raising workshop, a workshop on the right to development. The visits targeted (2) CSOs and CBOs such as Al-Batool Charity Association and Applied Arab College. The main goal for these workshops are to raise the legal awareness for vulnerable groups in the personal status law and to enlarge the knowledge of universities` students with the concept of the right to development as a binding legal right for all. In addition, the coordination team coordinate with to Legal Providers Network to provide legal advisors for executing the training of fresh law graduates on right to development and human dignity.

In the framework of “DAFE”   campaign for legal awareness dissemination , National Society for Democracy and Law hold a legal awareness workshops and a workshop on the right to development that targeting (99 ) individuals: (81 ) women and (19 ) men during July2012 from different areas with main emphasis on the isolated and marginalized regions which lack for the basic services and in urgent need for legal aid .Consequently, the total number of beneficiaries reached to be (515 ) persons even on  the level of legal awareness or on the level of dissemination of the right to development. This came in the framework of the project of “Promoting the concept of the right to development and enhancing vulnerable group`s access to basic services”, supported and funded by United Nations Development Program UNDP/PAPP.

The workshops focuses on main points : raising the legal awareness in the personal status law and framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding right within vulnerable groups.

Legal Awareness Workshop:

National Society for Democracy and Law Organized a workshop entitled “Implications of Divorce ” as part of a series of DAFE`s campaign for legal awareness .This is on  Sunday, July 8, 2012 and which comes within the framework of the project of “Promoting the right to development and enhancing the vulnerable groups` access to basic services (DAFE), supported and funded by United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP. The workshop was in coordination with “Al-Batool charity Association,” in Al-Shuka region ,one of the  remote areas in Rafah ,in the presence of (63) of rural  ladies housewives in the region.

Emad El-Fiqawi , the legal adviser of the clinic no.(9), started the workshop with a welcome word to the participants and gave a brief introductory about the project of ” Promoting the Right  to development and its main axes represented in: providing legal aid in three levels, framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding and enhance national reconciliation.

Emad El-Fiqawi , the legal adviser of the clinic no.(9), started the workshop with a welcome word to the participants and gave a brief introductory about the project of ” Promoting the Right  to development and its main axes represented in: providing legal aid in three levels, framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding and enhance national reconciliation.

legal aid in three levels, framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding and enhance national reconciliation.

In his role, El-faqawi stressed on  the topic of development and pointed out that we as a team really strive to create a dialogue and social mobility in the subject of development by organizing consultative workshops with decision makers ,social activists and service providers to listen to their views about the development process and try to find solutions to some outstanding problems among the citizens to support the rights of citizens and to ensure in particular equal access of vulnerable groups to social services like other citizens.

The workshop`s topic focuses on the concept of divorce and its types represented in the divorce reactionary rule and irrevocable divorce: divorced and divorced junior, as well as briefly explained the concept of Asking for khulaa, and gave a detailed explanation on the effects of divorce including mandatory waiting period before divorce and its types: mandatory waiting period of divorce , death and the pregnant woman, and stopped at the point of Pony deferred in the case of death and divorce.

At the end of the workshop , the audience express their satisfaction for the workshop`s topic . El-Faqawi confirmed that the staff of the project of the right to development within legal clinic no.(9) will work hard to contribute on promoting the concept the right to development and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services through continued activation of legal aid system and work of legal approach as an entry point for the  Economic and Social empowerment.

Awareness Workshop on the Right to Development:

National Society for Democracy and Law hold a workshop entitled “The right to development”, on July 11, 2012, in coordination with the Applied Arab College in the presence of  (37) individuals of male and female students of the College. This is came in the framework of the project of “Promoting the right to development and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services (DAFE), funded and supported by United Nations Development Program  UNDP / PAPP.

Emad El-Faqawi, the project`s legal advisor, opened the workshop with a word of thanks and appreciation to the participants and pointed out that the development process is a process with a broad and comprehensive concept and it consider a legal binding right of the human rights. Consequently, we all should participate in the development process, benefit and enjoy its results. So,  the Palestinian society needs all its energies, as a result of this, it has to be serious work in order to establish active participation within the institutions and society in general, to activate our roles in the development process. The elements of power in society in general is divided into three divisions: they  are the government ,the economy and population, so the outcome of the interaction of these forces gives us a picture of the existing system in any society.

In his turn, Emad El-Fiqaawi –the legal advisor of Legal Clinic No. (9)- focused – on the concept of development which can be defined as  a change at the economic, social, cultural, political, health and policy levels. This will  be done through the formulation of comprehensive development plans at the national and social levels,  taking into account the exploitation and full optimization of available both human and material resources, and aims to the continuous and comprehensive improvement to all individuals through their active participation in the development process.

In his talk, he stressed on  the Universal Declaration of the Right to Development, which ensures that the right of peoples to self-determination, and said wondering: Does this mean that we should wait until the Palestinian people could be deiced their self-determination and then seeking for the development? He pointed out that we as a team we really strive to create a dialogue and social mobility in the subject of development by organizing consultative workshops with decision makers , social activists and service providers to listen to their views about the development process and try to find solutions to some outstanding problems among the citizens to support the rights of citizens and to ensure in particular equal access of vulnerable groups to social services like other citizens.

Finally, El- Fiqaawi  confirmed on the urgent need for intensified efforts of community and national levels toward the enactment of laws and legislation in line with the advancement and development in the area of ​​the development process. This requires the need for condensing the joint efforts to create a mobility between formal and informal institutions in order to drive the development wheel forward in Rafah as a right of the fundamental rights for citizens that need hard work to achieve.

Training Fresh Law Graduates on Right to Development and Human Dignity:

Interactive Leading Legal Step in Southern Gaza Strip.

National Society for Democracy and Law conclude the training program for lawyers in the southern of Gaza Strip.

Proceeding from the principle of promoting the right to development and human dignity within legal persons and enhancing the human rights for each individual, especially in the community participation of the development process as a legal binding  right that require the need for intensifying efforts to activate the legal system of this right.

National Society for Democracy and Law Concluded the qualitative training program entitled “Applications of the right to development and human dignity in the Palestinian context,” where the society is the leader in the execution of this program for a category of legal persons , on Thursday, July 19, 2012, which targeted (25)individuals of the lawyers under training , at ‘Happy City Hall” headquarter in the southern region. The training program lasted three consecutive days and comes as part of the project of “Promoting the right to development and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services” DAFE “, supported and funded by the United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP. A large number Attended the closing ceremony such as members of the Board of Directors of the National Society and guests of honor represented in each of the Mr.Nader El-Massri – Member of the Board of Directors of Palestine mayors and the former advisor to president Yasser Arafat , and Mr.Saif Abu Ramadan- chairman of the, Palestine mayors society.

A group of legal expertise and professional lawyers from the network of legal aid providers “AWN undertake the administration of the training sessions. The training concerned on range of topics related to the right to development and human dignity, investment law which serves as an introduction to development, the base of enrichment and as a basis for good governance  , the contribution of anti-corruption law in development process, the appropriateness of the legislation in the creation of an effective developmental structure and the problem of available Palestinian legislations, in addition to the concepts of human rights and gender in international conventions, and the rights of women in Palestinian context.

The goal of this training program is to improve the efficiency and capacity of lawyers in the legal field and the legislation on the right to development and human dignity , the promotion and consolidation of the concept of development as a binding legal right for individuals, and to establish the concept of participation in decision-making on the right of development, which was based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that  guarantees this right for each individual as an inalienable right of  human rights.

At the end of the ceremony the management team  and the Right to Development Group in the society honored the participants of lawyers involved in the session and handed them appreciation certificates, the participants expressed their admiration for the training program and their enthusiasm to participate in other development and effective programs.

Statistical Information:

Table 1: Free Public Legal Aid Services Provided

Type of Assistance Beneficiaries Female Male
Legal Awareness 99 81 18
Legal advice and mediation 16 15 1
Legal representation 3 3 0
Successfully adjudicated 9 9 0
Psychosocial  support ((if provided)) 0

Annexed to table 1

Beneficiaries Female Male
Cases actually referred to the PBA 0 0 0

Table 3: Training and Capacity Development Provided

Target

group

Training

hours

Beneficiaries Female Male
Lawyers 15 25 9 16
Law students 0
Civil society and community leaders 0 0 0 0
Professional and trade unions 0 0 0 0
Traditional justice figures 0 0 0 0
Media staff 0 0 0 0

Table 4: Type of Cases

Type of Case Consultations Representation
Civil and Commercial 2 0
Criminal 0 0
Family (Alimony, custody, etc) 12 3
Labor 0 0
Properly Rights (inheritance, ownership, etc) 1 0
GBV and VAW 0 0
Juveniles in conflict with the law 0 0
Other 0 0

Legal Consultations:

The legal clinic no.(9) provided (16) Legal advice for vulnerable groups during July 2012 .The target beneficiaries of female reached to be (15) women and (1)man this month .The legal consultations varied between civil rights issues and personal status issues .The personal status issues represented in wife`s and children`s alimony, , child custody, receipt of clothes, a consequence of accelerator dowry and the value of house furniture .

Legal Representation:

The lawyer of the legal clinic legally represented (3) cases in front of  the court on personal status issues. For more explanation, he litigated a woman through raising a claim of obedience and succeeded in dropping the lawsuit. In addition , he represented a lady through raising alimony claim for her and her children after her husband had left her without any expenses and her issue was still pending before the court. He ,also, pleaded for woman a lawsuit to obey the case but it is still pending before the court

Cases Successfully Adjudicated:

The lawyer of Clinic no.(9) successfully adjudicated ( 9) issues this month for the beneficiary clients, mostly centered on wife`s and children`s alimony, , child custody, receipt of clothes, a consequence of accelerator dowry ,the value of house furniture and the house of obedience .

Success Story (1)

Ibtisam is a Palestinian woman was living with her husband and children in a simple house at Sofa ,the eastern area of Khan Younis, do not know the fate and pitfalls of time would lose her husband and her home in one day. The Israeli occupation, killed her husband and destroyed  her house, as a result of this, she carried the responsibility to provide the most basic necessities for her orphan children as food, drink and accommodation. She sought to provide a shelter for her and her children .Civil society organizations contributed to build a house for her and her children in the eastern area of Rafah province. She was relieved since she has a shelter for her and her children in El-Nasser region in Rafah. Once, she lived in this house, she found herself in need for the simplest basic services represented in electricity. She applied to electricity distribution company in Rafah to supply her home with lighting but she does not know that the her request will be rejected. As reported by the company the reason behind  refusal of her application due to the lack of iron electricity pole in the region as well as it must be installed with other four wooden poles in the street. Consequently, she should take the responsibility of the price of these columns which need large sums of money that she cannot pay. In addition , it proven that there is already disagreement between the electricity company and the municipality of victory around who is the responsible for the installation of these poles.

Ms. Ibtisam and her children lived a difficult period because of her difficult  circumstances in an area lacking for basic services ,lack of electricity and the consequent weakness in other aspects of life. More than five months her children study their lessons on candlelight, in addition to her discomfort in the works of the house and its dependence on her hands in the laundry. Ibtisam know about the project of” promoting the  right to development and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services” through involving her ​​mother in awareness-raising workshop on the legal right to development carried out by the legal clinic no.(9) in El-Nasser neighborhood.

She know that this project provides legal assistance to vulnerable groups so she decided to knock on the door of Legal Clinic No. (9) in the National Society for Democracy and law and pose her problem to the lawyer of legal clinic Mr.Emad El-Faqawi who expressed  his readiness to help this lady.

The coordinator of the legal clinic , the lawyer and social worker hold a field visit to the home of Mrs.Ibtesam to check the actual points of her problem. In its turn, the legal clinic continued contact  with the electricity company to solve the problem where the clinic`s lawyer address the Director of the electricity distribution company in Rafah through a letter that raises the problem.  In addition, the staff of the Legal Clinic within the society coordinate to meet with Mr. Yousef Abu Daqa, Director of the electricity company, and Mr. Mohamed Ashour, director of municipal of El-Nasser neighborhood, to raise the issue , discuss and try to find possible solutions to solve it.

And prepare The legal staff manage in persuading the two engineers to solve the problem since they express their readiness to solve it in according to the possibilities available to them. Therefore, the director of electricity company  sent a technical team from the company to conduct field check for the problem and  prepare a report about it. The legal clinic continued contact with the electricity company and the municipality for two months where the legal clinic staff succeeded in reaching for a solution to the installation of electricity. Hence, the electric company undertook the installation of a metal pole and the Municipality of El-Nasser vowed to install the four wooden poles.

Ibtesam`s heart dance of joy When she know that the problem of electricity have been resolved by the summer season to reduce its temperature and to retain her children live their lives like any other children, and end her suffering in the house  .She offered thanks to the National Society for Democracy and Law and the staff of the project of “promoting the right to development” who have contributed in the collection of her right to access to basic services and  live in human dignity as any human being on earth.

Success Story (2):

Legal Clinic .. How to be a bridge for the development and empowerment for vulnerable groups to access for  fair justice?!!

Legal Clinic, which is part and parcel of the legal aid system of a group of society organizations local partners ,funded by the rule of law and access to justice program of the United Nations Development Program UNDP .Despite of the recency of the experience of legal assistance in the Palestinian context, it achieved a great success  and provided a model of a hard legal work that aimed to bring about the community development.

The legal Clinic number (9) which activated in the far corner of the southern Gaza Strip, within the confines of the National Society for Democracy and Law since its inception in the early of 2011 provided all forms of legal assistance to vulnerable groups on its three levels: legal awareness legal advice and legal representation. However, the year 2012 carrying with it the development in the field of providing legal assistance to vulnerable groups in Rafah where the project of promoting the right to development was launching to frame the concept practically and work to strengthen vulnerable groups` access to basic social services since the project services of the clinic extended to reach people in remote and marginalized areas in the province such as Mawassi Rafah, a coastal area and resided by nearly 200 individual of  miserable and low-income fishermen people, who are mostly belong to the family of Bardaweel of the refugee to Gaza in 1948.

The fishermen Has grown into their knowledge news of the project services provided by a series of workshops hold in residential poor and remote areas of the province. Hence these poor fishermen felt that the damage will be attached to them when the municipal Council implemented the plan of transferring Marina fishermen from the northern to the southern region. Many reasons behind their refusal such as

They think it would harm and damage  their source of livelihood, as they  reported the proposed location of Marina represented a threat to their lives in terms of security and environmentally due to the presence of wastewater in that region as well as it is relatively far from their residence` place of.

A group representing those fishermen of Al-Bardaweel family and others came to the headquarter of legal clinic no.(9), providing a signed complaint from all fishermen in the region, requested the legal staff  for a help to solve their problem, this is  after they had  exhausted all the roads and knocked all the doors, unfortunately without any interest. The clinic`s lawyer listen carefully for fishermen and their discussion in order to know more about the nature of the problem. Therefore, he decided to address the mayor of Rafah municipality to provide an interpretation about the negative dimensions mentioned by the fishermen in their complaints and seek to resolve their problem. The municipality`s mayor, in turn, did not hesitate to respond in writing to the correspondent legal clinic, explaining the reasons for the municipality for the transfer of Marina fishermen and which fall within the public interest from the perspective of the municipality, and promising to allocate a place for fishermen of the Bardaweel family in the northern part of the new location so that it is close to the place of their residence.

The legal clinic no. (9) staff confirmed that the accumulation of successes yet stressed the dimension of the vision behind the establishment of legal aid system which involves the development dimension that aims to enable vulnerable groups legally and provide the legal protection umbrella to take their luck  and opportunities in the desired development .This is an application for one of the most important forgotten human rights of the third generation that is known the right to development.