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Topic: Democracy & Human Rights

In cooperation with local Partners in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan, hbs supports projects which aim to encourage political democratic reform actors and media producers, in order to increase opportunities for social and political participation, and reforms. In all its activities, the hbs emphasises the special importance of gender democracy.

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To stand up for civil societies worldwide our Berlin headquarters are launching the Global Perspective Conference on “The Future of Civil Spaces” with over 160 international participants. In coordination with the conference the Heinrich Böll Foundation also launched the Civic Charter which is the global framework for people’s participation and aims to protect civil societies. The charter calls on governments to guarantee and protect civil societies.

Topic: Environmental Justice

The Heinrich Böll Stiftung, in its joint efforts together with partners in Palestine and Jordan aims at highlighting the connection between environmental issues and dimensions of equality, human rights, and collective rights. hbs projects are related to Environmental Justice, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies, and Natural Resource Management.

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Between 26 February and 5 March, 2017, Al-Haq participated in the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) annual meeting and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) in Eugene,Oregon.

At the UN’s COP 22 climate conference in Marrakech, the international community closed ranks despite (or perhaps because of?) the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

Topic: Policy Analysis

In cooperation with its Palestinian and Jordanian partners hbs organises conferences, studies, debates, and expert meetings on national and regional levels, in order to analyse the underlying causes of the conflicts, anticipate future challenges, and provide policy advice. Furthermore, hbs organises visiting programs to contribute to the political and cultural dialogue between Germany, Europe, and the Middle East. hbs provides well researched and analysed information about policy options for decision makers on the Palestinian, Middle Eastern, German, and European level.

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Hbs gladly announces the new edition “We Are Still Watching You” of our long-standing partner Institute for Jerusalem Studies (Institute for Palestine Studies), which is accessible online now.
The IJS is the oldest institute in the world researching and publicizing on Palestinian affairs and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Established in 1963 in Beirut as an independent, non-profit Arab institute it is regarded as the major source of accurate information on Palestinian affairs throughout the Arab world. It provides comprehensive material of current regional affairs with an emphasis on peaceful conflict resolution.
The Jerusalem Quarterly is the only journal that focuses exclusively on the city of Jerusalem’s history, political status, and future. It addresses debates about the city and its predicament, as well as future scenarios for solving the problems of Jerusalem. Sponsored by the hbs, the new issue examines the intelligence and security regimes that have monitored Palestinian lives over the last century. It addresses the continuities and developments of information collection in the pursuit of political control. The historical approach ranges from the World War One Jewish spy network NILI to current roundtable discussions exploring new strategies of resistance to the occupation.

The Ramallah team of hbs extends its congratulations to South African activist Nomarussia Bonase on receiving the prestigious Anne Klein Women’s Award. In raising her voice for the victims of Apartheid and in fighting for equal rights she is an inspiration to us. Her dedication to women’s rights and social justice is commendable. Non-violent resistance to racism and injustice is a path equally shared by Human Rights Defenders in Palestine. We wish Nomarussia Bonase success in her struggle.

The hbs team Ramallah.

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