Networking and Coordinating:

National Society for Democracy and Law NSDL executed some field visits for Civil Society Organizations CSOs and CBOs and professional unions for the purpose of networking and coordinating for awareness raising workshops and specialized workshop . The visits targeted (5) CSOs and CBOs such as Agricultural Guidance and Development Society, Mariam ElAthra Association, Rural Women Development –Feminist Club –El-Shuka branch for awareness workshop, this is in one hand .On the other hand, the staff of the right to development coordinate with Al-Quran House for conducting specialized workshop with professional trade and union to create an effective referral system . The main goal behind this activity is to enlarge the geographical scope of the project, build relationships between civil society organizations that guarantee the access of legal services for large number of beneficiaries .

Legal Aid:

With the Participation of more than (416) individuals

“DAFE” Campaign for Awareness Raising Workshops Complete Conducting Dissemination  Meetings for Vulnerable Groups in Rafah Governorate:

In the framework of “DAFE”   campaign for awareness dissemination , National Society for Democracy and Law hold a series of legal awareness workshops that targeting more than (188 ) individuals: (129 ) women and (59 ) men during 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 (416 ) in the field of legal awareness. 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 : Firstly, providing a brief of the project and it`s three main axes represented in: legal aid, framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding right and enhance the national reconciliation.

There were a reference to the community development where the team of the right to development seeks to create interactive dialogue and social mobility in the development process through 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 within the citizens to support the rights of citizens and in particular to ensure equal access for vulnerable groups to social services .

There was an active discussion with the participants in terms of community reconciliation where the participants welcomed the idea of campaign to promote the culture of tolerance that the Assembly intends to launch at the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

The workshops` topics focused on legal awareness workshops to disseminate citizens with their rights concerning of personal status law such as marriage, divorce, and their implications and legal rights related to dowry, alimony, custody, and labor rights in accordance to the Palestinian Labor Law No. 7 of 2000, as well as inheritance issues.

Meetings were characterized by the interaction and integration, where the participants expressed their satisfaction and their mass need for legal awareness  especially that concerning of  the community issues raised on the scene in the Palestinian society.

El-Faqawi, the legal advisor who administered the workshops , 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.

Note:

The details of each workshops will be attached in a complement annex.

Specialized Workshops:

Effective Social Mobility with Muslim preachers in EL-Quran House in Rafah to Create an Effective Referral System..

The team work of the right to development project confirmed the urgent need to intensify the joint efforts with all professional associations and unions in Rafah in order to activate an effective social mobility to create an effective referral system for vulnerable groups who urgently need to strengthen their legal rights and promote their access to basic social services as an entry point for the  Economic and Social empowerment.

This came through a specialized professional workshop organized by National Society for Democracy and Law NSDL, on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in coordination and cooperation with the ” El- Quran House and Sunnah”, in the presence of (65) Ladies of Muslim advocates and preachers. This workshop comes within the framework of the project “Promoting the concept of right to development and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services” DAFE “, supported and funded by United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP.

Emad El- Fiqawi – Legal advisor of the society – administered the workshop  and provided a brief introduction of the project the right to development and its main axes: legal aid, framing the concept of the right to development as a legal binding and promote the national reconciliation.

The workshop`s topic stressed on the  necessity to find practical approaches and acceptable mechanisms for mutually derived from the local Palestinian context. As a result of the active and influential role of religious, civil and service institutions ,we should take advantage of this role in ways to promote reconciliation among all factions of the local community at the grassroots level through joint cooperation with the justice system and informal community leaders to promote a culture and values ​​of tolerance among the citizens, and establish a popular fixed base to achieve comprehensive desired national reconciliation.

The workshops` topics emphasized  on the need for joint cooperation in order to activate an active referral system for vulnerable groups who are  in need for legal aid  services due to the important role of  professional associations and unions , service providers and religious institutions towards  serving individuals and the local community to support the rule of law and access to justice for all.

In addition, they noted to the personal status law and the implications of related issues as alimony, divorce, child custody …, which require legal support for vulnerable groups who cannot assign lawyers to those issues because of the high costs of law, thereby preventing the arrival of social justice . This requires the urgent need for intensified efforts to create an effective referral system for vulnerable groups.

The participants women of preachers express their satisfaction towards the importance of the project services and the extent need of the society for such legal services, also have expressed their willingness for condensation the mutual efforts and work together to support an effective referral system for vulnerable groups to achieve comprehensive social justice.

Awareness Workshop on the Right to Development:

Round Table Discussion

Both sexes of men and women Meets at the same table to educate about the concept of the right to development at National Society for Democracy and law

In the context of promoting awareness and community participation in the social development process, Gazan women meet with men at the same table to discuss matters relating to the development process and mechanisms how to strengthen the participation of all of them in the process of construction and activation of the exploitation of local resources for change creation and ensure its sustainability.

National Society for Democracy and Law Hold a workshop entitled “The concept of the right to development” , at the association`s headquarter on 27thJune, 2012, which comes in the framework of the project “Promoting the concept of the right to development, and enhancing vulnerable groups` access to basic services (DAFE), supported and funded by United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP.

Ahmed Srour, the project`s coordinator, 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 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 are the government ,the economy and population, so the outcome of the interaction of these forces between them 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 so that the Palestinian people to 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.

However, there are still many obstacles and gaps that hinder attempts to promote and achieve advanced steps in​​ the development process in the area. 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 of Reconciliation Men and Makhateers:

In the Context of Promoting Integration and Cooperation to Bridge the Gap between Formal and Informal Justice.

National Society for Democracy and Law celebrated the end of the training program to develop and strengthen the legal capacity for reconciliation men and makhateers in Rafah

In the framework of activating the role of the tribal judiciary and achieving integration between formal and non-formal justice in order to formulate the work of men of the reform to be in consistency with the principles of human rights and dye their practices legally to ensure their work under the umbrella of the law seeking to strengthen the principle of the rule of law and access to justice.

National Society for Democracy and law honored (33) of reconciliation men and village leaders at the end of the training program which start at the beginning of this month to develop and empower their  legal capacities in Rafah province. This program is implemented as a part of the project “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.

The training program lasted through this month by a legal expertise and professional group of lawyers from the network of legal aid providers “AWN. The training concerned on range of topics related to some laws such as arbitration law, its concept and procedures of ratification and its dissolution, personal status law included the definition of the law ,engagement ,marriage and divorce, and humanitarian and family law concerned with human rights in general and women’s rights from gender perspective in particular, as well as the Criminal Procedures law No. (3) for the year 2000 to identify the crime , its elements and the stages which guarantees the defendant`s rights during arrest`s duration, search,  investigation and trial, applications for bail , the rights of inmates in detention centers and divisions of crimes and trials.

The training program aimed to improve the efficiency and capacity of reconciliation men and village leaders and to raise opportunities to work with community leaders to bridge the gap between the formal justice system and the informal justice, and the formulation of their work to be in line with the principles of human rights, giving particular attention to the interests of vulnerable groups especially of women. This will help them to exercise their functions and practices under the umbrella of the law to promote the principle of the rule of law and access to justice.

At the end of the ceremony the participants of reconciliation men and village leaders were honored , and they have expressed their satisfaction and happiness of the training course hold for them from time to time, and expressed the need to continue the joint efforts and work to bridge the gap between formal justice and informal justice to achieve justice for all.

Legal Consultations:

The lawyer of legal clinic no.(9) provided (20) Legal advice for vulnerable groups during June 2012 .The target beneficiaries of female reached to be (17) women and (3)men this month .The legal consultations varied between civil rights, personal status issues, labor rights and property and inheritance rights. For more clarification, civil issues represented on executing an alimony judgment, change identity card issue and the isolation of power attorney and assign another one.  The personal status issues represented in wife`s alimony, children`s, child custody, receipt of clothes and special papers, prove divorce, a consequence of accelerator dowry and the value of house furniture . Labor issues represented in the reward of the end of service whether in Gaza or in Israel , detention of Palestinian young by the Israeli occupation at the border of Gaza( the document was transferred to Mezan Center for Human Rights for the lack of jurisdiction of the legal clinic).The property and inheritance issue represented in waiver of the ownership of a house for one of the children in their father`s life.

Total beneficiaries of legal advice Number of female Number of male Type of the representative issues
Civil issues Personal status issued Labor issues Property & inheritance issues others
20 17 3 4 12 2 1 1

Judicial Representation:

The lawyer of legal clinic no.(9) advocate five legitimacy issues in front of  the First Instance Court in Rafah and Khan Younis . The issues number reached to be ( 3) issues represented in accelerator dowry, value of house furniture and child alimony. All issues have appointed their sessions in front of the court and continue to consider these cases.

Statistical Information:

June  2012

Table 1: Free Public Legal Aid Services Provided

Type of Assistance Beneficiaries Female Male
Legal Awareness 188 129 59
Legal advice and mediation 20 17 3
Legal representation 6 6 0
Successfully adjudicated 0
Psychosocial  support ((if provided)) 0

Annexed to table 1

Beneficiaries Female Male
Cases actually referred to the PBA 1 1

Table 3: Training and Capacity Development Provided

Target

group

Training

hours

Beneficiaries Female Male
Lawyers 0
Law students 0
Civil society and community leaders 0
Professional and trade unions 2 65 65 0
Traditional justice figures 15 33 0 33
Media staff 0

Table 4: Type of Cases

Type of Case Consultations Representation
Civil and Commercial 4 1
Criminal 0 0
Family (Alimony, custody, etc) 12 5
Labor 2 0
Properly Rights (inheritance, ownership, etc) 1 0
GBV and VAW 0 0
Juveniles in conflict with the law 0 0
Other 1 0