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Rights of Demonstrators in the Occupied Territories (Informational Pamphlet)

Rights of Demonstrators in the Occupied Territories (Informational Pamphlet)

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Published by: 972 Magazine on Aug 18, 2012
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 R i g h t s  o f  D e m o n s t r a t o r s
 
Introduction
Demonstrations enable citizens to voice theiropinions and to in
uence society. In the OccupiedTerritories, where Palestinian residents haveno access to the corridors of political power inthe State of Israel (the occupying power), theright to demonstrate is all the more important.
Demonstrations are a primary means for
Palestinian residents to voice their opinions and to
protest against the violation of their rights. 
According to international human rights law, it is theobligation of the occupying power to allow residents of an occupied territory to demonstrate.
is is especially pertinent in the Occupied Territories, where the
occupation has continued for over fourdecades. Despite this, in practice, all rallies anddemonstrations in the territories are deemed as
“illegal assemblies,” and most of them are dispersed
by the military and the police.
e purpose of this pamphlet is to clarify the rights
of demonstrators in the Occupied Territories in
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the current legal situation, and to provide possible
avenues of response when these rights are violated.
It should be noted that the position of theAssociation for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is
that the authorities are not currently keeping totheir legal obligations.
e sweeping ban on the
organization of demonstrations, the unreasonable
restrictions placed upon them, and the forceddispersal of quiet and peaceful demonstrations –
which are all practiced in the West Bank – represent
a serious and severe infringement on the right to
demonstrate and on freedom of speech, as well as aclear violation of the rules of international law that
are incumbent on the occupying power.
erefore,
the rules detailed below do not represent what ought
to be the appropriate legal status in our opinion.
Nevertheless, we present this list in the hope that
knowledge of the rules guiding Israel’s security 
forces will help demonstrators in the territories to
stand up for their rights.
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