In addition to the advocacy and networking work St. Yves does, we are also part of the following networks:
1. The Legal Task Force
St. Yves co-chairs the Legal Task Force (LTF); a sub-group of the United Nations Protection Cluster Working Group. The LTF meets on a monthly basis to discuss updates on legal issues and trends in the Occupied Territories. St. Yves co-chairs the monthly meetings along with the Norwegian Refugee Council.
2. The Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations in the Holy Land
St. Yves is a member of the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations in the Holy Land (CCAO) which was established in 2000 in accordance with the Pastoral Plan of the Diocesan Synod of the catholic Churches in the Holy Land. The CCAO, which meets on a monthly basis, works on enhancing support, communication and coordination between the members.
3. Justice and Peace Commission
To share our expertise, to exchange our experiences and to combine our forces we work together with other organizations in different coalitions:
Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations (CCAO)
Is a consultative coalition of Catholic aid organizations of the Holy Land and is made up of:
Apostolic Delegation, Secretariat of Solidarity (SecSol)
Bethlehem University (BU) Caritas Baby Hospital - Kinderhilfe Bethlehem (KHB)
Caritas Jerusalem (CJ)
Catholic Relief Service (CRS)
Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. (Custos)
Deutscher Verein vom Heiligen Lande (DVHL)
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF)
Latin Patriarchate, General Administration (LP)
Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP)
Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP)
Secours Catholique (SC)
Society of St. Yves (SoSY)
Displacement Work Group
The DWG is an initiative of Badil and OCHA and is a loose association of the following organisations that monitor human rights violations (evictions, home demolitions, land confiscations) resulting in the displacement of people from their lands and communities:
Addameer, Action Against Hunger Spain, Al Haq, Al Mezan, AIC, ARIJ, Al, Quds Law Clinic, Austcare, Badil, BIMKOM, Btselem, CARE Intnl., CPT, CISP, Civic Coalition re Jerusalem, COOPI, DCI – Palestine section, Diakonia, EAPPI, Ensan Centre, German Dev. Centre, ICS, ICTJ, IDMC/NRC, IWPS, Ir Amim, ICAHD, Japan Intnl. Volunteer Ctr, Maan Development Ctr, MAP UK, Oxfam UK, Oxfam Solidarite – Belgium, PA Govt. Spokesperson, PCBS, PCHR, RHR, ICRC, Relief Intnl., Society of St. Yves, Save the Children UK, Shatil, UNFPA, Stop the Wall, ACRI, UNFPA, UNDP, UNODC, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNOCHA, UNRWA, UN OHCHR, UNSCO, UN WHO, WCLAC, WCLAC, World Vision, Yesh Din, ActiveStills, PICCR.
The Civic Coalition for Defending the Palestinians' Rights in Jerusalem (CCDPRJ) is a nongovernmental nonprofit coalition of institutions, societies, associations and individuals with experience and mandate of working in the different fields of human rights. CCDPRJ was established in 2005 and currently has a membership of 18 institutions.
Jerusalem House Demolition Learning Alliance
St. Yves has entered into a new programme with the Jerusalem Legal Aid Centre (JLAC) in order to jointly prosecute home demolitions in Jerusalem. What has now begun in November 2009 is a tripartite approach whereby St. Yves and JLAC will prosecute some 10 cases each under the tutelage and with the support of Adv. Osama Halabi, a very experienced advocate in all areas of Human and Civil rights, together with three lawyers in the private sector who will take a similar number of cases. The object is to brainstorm on best practices for success and to achieve this goal weekly seminar sessions have been and are being held to discuss new cases and select the most likely to yield new and innovative legal arguments which hopefully will set new precedents and break the Jerusalem Municipality’s stranglehold on the Municipal Court.
The Land Committee is a committee which has offices in Ramallah, Nablus, Bethlehem and Hebron. It receives complaints from farmers mainly about demolitions of homes and agricultural infrastructure as well as about land confiscations. The committee then asks private West Bank lawyers, and also the Society of St. Yves, in the Southern West Bank to take the cases for prosecution.
The Legal Task Force is a coalition of NGOs that are members of the Displacement Work Group (DWG) that employ lawyers and have legal action strategies in the struggle against the occupation. The task force is a learning and best practices exchange and is made up of: ACRI, Bimkom, HaMoked, UNDP, ICHAD, PCATI, Rabbis For Human Rights, PHR, Al-Maqdese, Yesh Din, the Jerusalem Coalition, JLAC, Addameer, the Society of St. Yves (co-chair) and the NRC (co-chair).
The Coalition for Jerusalem
The Coalition for Jerusalem is a league of religious dignitaries, political factions, civil society organizations, and individuals based in occupied East Jerusalem. It is a non violent, direct action group formed in 2004 to oppose Israeli Government arbitrary measures to alter the Status of East Jerusalem in violation of International Legitimacy and Human Rights Conventions, and to reaffirm that East Jerusalem is the capital of the future Palestinian state.