Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues. An independent and non-partisan organization, ACRI’s mandate is to ensure Israel’s accountability and respect for human rights, by addressing violations committed by the Israeli authorities in Israel, the Occupied Territories, or elsewhere.
ACRI is committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background.
Since its inception, ACRI has been consistently successful in bringing precedent-setting litigation to the Supreme Court in many areas including equality for Arab citizens. ACRI has built a solid reputation for professionalism and integrity and is widely respected within the legal community, and among decision makers, the media and the public at large. This reputation enhances ACRI’s ability to make a real and lasting difference.
ACRI’s Education Department conducts human rights training programs for thousands of individuals across the country each year, produces high-quality educational curricula in Hebrew and Arabic, and organizes conferences and lectures on human rights education. We believe working with key agents of change – teachers in the Jewish and Arab school systems, students, security forces personnel, and social and community workers – is an effective method to influence attitudes and contribute toward building a more tolerant and just society.
26 February 2017
An amendment to the Planning and Building Law that will increase enforcement and penalties for illegal construction is being ardently opposed by Arab MKs and dovish rights groups on the grounds that it ignores alleged government failures to provide Arabs with the means to build legally.
7 February 2017
In the petition, ACRI cited a 2012 summoning of an activist who was against government plans to resettle the Beduin in the Negev from unauthorized villages to larger cities as an example of a coercive measure that chilled the freedom to organize around political causes.
21 December 2016
Television and radio authority says messages on political or social matters that are in 'public dispute' cannot be shown, after refusing to air PSA by human rights group. ACRI threatens to go to court.
The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the public body that supervises Israel's commercial television and radio stations, banned the PSA, which is entitled "Human Rights: Because without I'm not Equal."
31 October 2016
Defense authorities have issued 20 administrative detention orders against Israeli citizens in the past year, most of them Arabs, Deputy Attorney General Raz Nizri said on Monday.
The data came to light during a meeting of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, which debated a government request to extend the defense minister's authority to utilize administrative detention and other restrictive orders against Israeli citizens
25 July 2016
Israel approved on Monday a new Bedouin town in the northern Negev, south of the existing Bedouin town of Segev Shalom. Some 7,000 current residents of the unrecognized village of Wadi al-Na'am will have to move to the new town, Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Uri Ariel, who is responsible for the Bedouin development and settlement authority, told Haaretz after the housing cabinet voted in favor of the new community.
21 July 2016
Defense Minister Avidgor Lieberman was roundly criticized by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and from Israeli Arab lawmakers for comparing a recent Army Radio broadcast of a program about Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish with "glorification of the literary marvels of Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf.'"
Joint List MK Ayman Odeh said Darwish pursued persistent efforts to combat Holocaust denial, adding that he "will continue to be a symbol of eternal of love of human beings, wisdom and sensitivity, values that the defense minister isn't even familiar with."