Regional German Constitutional Court Rules Anti-BDS Motion Infringes of Fundamental Rights
On 22 September 2020, the Constitutional Court of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) in Germany delivered its final ruling in the complaint brought by lawyer Ahmed Abed and the ELSC against the anti-BDS motion of the NRW State Parliament adopted on 20 September 2018. The Constitutional Judges recognized the complainants’ claims under the law.
31 Human Rights Organisations, Networks & Trade Unions Demand CAF be included in UN Settlement Database
31 prominent human rights organisations, networks and trade unions from Palestine and Europe have submitted a report to the OHCHR demanding that CAF be included in the UN database of businesses involved in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise for its role in expanding and operating Israel’s Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR).
Call for Contribution to Research Project
For a research project, we are looking for non-profit organisations whose online payment accounts have been closed or transactions have been limited. We are researching how the amendments in the WWFT affect the conduct of online payment service providers towards their customers working in high-risk countries or regions.
We are suing the German Bundestag over its 2019 anti-BDS motion
The ELSC has been assisting lawyer Ahmed Abed who is representing three plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought before the Administrative Court of Berlin challenging the lawfulness of the anti-BDS motion passed by the German Bundestag on 17 May 2019.
Best Quotes of the Milestone Judgement for the Right to Boycott
Thursday 11 June 2020 marked a decisive victory for freedom of expression of Palestinian rights defenders in Europe. The European Court of Human Rights Court (ECtHR) rendered its judgement, unanimously ruling that the French highest court’s criminal conviction of BDS activists campaigning for a boycott of Israeli products violated their freedom of expression, protected by […]
Joint Open Letter to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court: Time to Investigate Crimes in Palestine, Time for Justice
Along with 180 civil society coalitions and organisations, ELSC signed the Open Letter that was submitted to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on 29 April. We express our strong support for the opening of an investigation into Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which was initiated by Bensouda in December.
Legal Background of the EU-Financed Grant Contracts for External Actions
The ELSC provided assistance to the Palestinian NGO network PNGO in finding clarity and a common position about a problematic clause concerning EU sanctions that had newly appeared in EU funding contracts with civil society organisations.