St. Yves Launches its Short Animated Movie “Preserving and Reinstating Residency Status in Jerusalem”
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with Embrace, launched its short animated movie “Preserving and Reinstating Residency Status in Jerusalem”…
Churches Call for Urgent Action for Cremisan Valley
As the statements calling for justice in Cremisan Valley fail to work, churches urged the international community at the 36th Session of UN Human Rights Council for action regarding the occupied territories…
St. Yves Participates in the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights participated in the works of the 36th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, between 26th to 29th September 2017.…
St. Yves Obtains Benefits for a Palestinian Woman Despite Attempts From the Israeli National Insurance Institute to Complicate Procedures
2017-09-21   The Israeli National Insurance Institute (NII) manages the collection of compulsory social contribution as provided by the law, the distribution of social benefits to beneficiaries.…
St. Yves Registers 6 Palestinian Children at the Israeli Ministry of Interior after a Legal Battle that Lasted a Decade
Ever since the illegal annexation of Jerusalem in 1967, Israel maintained policies that aim at diminishing the Palestinian existence in the city. The main tools put into practice by Israeli authorities…
Israeli Authorities Demolished 3 Schools on Their First school Day
In line with its escalation of house demolitions policies in area (C), Israeli authorities demolished 3 houses in different areas of the west bank on the night of the beginning of this school year on…
Marking 50 years of occupation: St. Yves launches its short movie “From Shelter to Rubble: 50 Years of House Demolitions”
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with Trocaire, launched its short movie “From Shelter to Rubble: 50 Years of House Demolitions” in an event…
Submission to the Universal Periodic Review – Israel Human Right Council UPR Working Group 29th Session, January 2018 50 Years of Forcible Transfer of Palestinians from Occupied East Jerusalem
2017-07-17            Submitting Organizations This is a joint submission by Community Action Center (Al-Quds University), Al-Haq, and the Society of St. Yves, four civil…
St. Yves in the High Court: New Procedures adopted by ICA by Which Postponements Should be Given Before executing Demolition Orders
Following a petition of The Society of St. Yves to the Israeli High Court - New Procedures adopted by ICA by Which Postponements Should be Given Before executing Demolition Orders On 16.8.2016 the Israeli…
St. Yves Cancels a “Travel Ban” Order in the Israeli High Court Issued Against a Palestinian Student Studying Abroad
Freedom of movement is a basic universal right to every human being. Everyone has the right to leave any country including his own, and has the right to return to his country. Everybody has also the right…
British Consulate General Dr. Alastair McPhail visits Wadi Al Hummus
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council accompanied the British Consulate General, headed by Consul General, Dr. Alastair McPhail…
St. Yves annuls prison sentence of a Jerusalemite citizen
The policy of house demolitions has been one of the most protuberant measures taken by Israel since its occupation of the West Bank in 1967 and especially in Jerusalem. This policy has been based on a…
British Deputy Consul General Mr. James Downer visits Al Tur and Silwan
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Norwegian Refugee Council accompanied the British Consulate General, headed by Deputy Consul General, Mr. James…
St. Yves Participates in a Summer Camp for People with Disabilities
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights took part in a summer camp for people with disabilities this Friday 5th of May organized by the Arab Society for the physically disabled…
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby visits Cremisan
The Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby visited Cremisan in Beit-Jala, on Monday the 8th of May 2017, receiving the latest updates on the case and witnessing the drastic damages incurred…
St. Yves unifies a Palestinian family after years of dispersion
A wide range of policies and legal frameworks were set by the Israelis to discriminate against Palestinians and created to hinder family unification procedures. In 2003 the situation deteriorated: all…
St. Yves’ Appeals against an Administrative Demolition Order of an ancient Building in Jerusalem and annuls it
The policy of home demolitions has been one of the most protuberant measures taken by Israel since its occupation of the West Bank in 1967 and especially in Jerusalem. This policy has been based on various…
St. Yves Accompanies Embrace Middle East on a Field Visit to the West Bank
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights accompanied Embrace Middle East on a field visit to Joreit Al Kheil Wadi Seir area in the South of the West Bank. St. Yves’ advocacy…
St. Yves Annuls a Security Ban Order on a Palestinian Citizen Holding a Family Unification Permit
Freedom of movement is a universal right to every human being. Everyone has the right to leave any country including his own, and has the right to return to his country. Furthermore everybody has the…
The Israeli National Insurance Institute: a Major Actor in Displacing Palestinians from Jerusalem
The Israeli National Insurance Institute (NII) manages the collection of compulsory social contribution as provided by the law, the distribution of social benefits to beneficiaries. Those benefits include…
Israeli Collective Punishment Measures Suffocate Jerusalem When Palestinian, everyone pays the price
Since the escalation of events in October 2015, and the wave of violence and instability witnessed especially in East Jerusalem, Israeli authorities have expanded the use of extreme punitive measures…
Conference: The Impacts of Collective Punishment Measures on Palestinian Women in Occupied East Jerusalem
Six Palestinian civil society organizations: St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, CAC- Al-Quds University, JLAC, Al-Haq, BADIL and the Civic Coalition) held a briefing session yesterday…
Statement on the Settlement Regularization Bill
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights is gravely alarmed by the Israeli Knesset’s adoption of the settlement “Regularization Law” yesterday, set to retroactively…
St. Yves Obtains a Temporary Jerusalem ID for a Jerusalemite Citizen After Years of Deliberate Postponement by the Israeli Ministry of Interior
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights was able to obtain a temporary Jerusalem ID for “N.A.N”, a woman who holds a West Bank ID married to a Jerusalemite citizen,…
St. Yves Halts Legal Procedures Against a Jerusalemite Accused of Building Without Permit
The Jerusalemite citizen approached St. Yves in 2013 as soon as the Jerusalem District Court brought an indictment against him, seeking legal assistance and intervention. The accusation was for building…
St. Yves Demands the Israeli Ministry of Interior to Reimburse Discriminatory Parking Fines in East Jerusalem
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights filed a class action against the Israeli Municipality of Interior (MOI) demanding it to return the sums of money illegally collected through…
St. Yves Annuls a House Demolition Order in Jerusalem issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights cancelled on the 23rd of November 2016,  A.K’s house demolition order issued by the Israeli Ministry of Interior in Al-Sawahreh…
St. Yves warns against “Settlement Legalisation” Bill
The Israeli Knesset approved the initial reading of the “illegal settlement legalization” bill in the West Bank presented by the Israeli right-wing lawmakers on the 16th of November 2016.…
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights Film: “Right to Exist?!”
The short movie “Right to Exist?!” reflects the issue of Residency in Jerusalem and the struggle of Jerusalemites in particular those married to Palestinian ID holders due to multiple Israeli…
St. Yves launches “Right to exist?!” film
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights held a film launching event for its short movie entitled “Right to exist?!” at Yabous Cultural Centre, in Jerusalem. The launching…
St. Yves Obtains Family Unification for a Jerusalemite Family and the Court of the Israeli Ministry of Interior for Unjustified Delay
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights obtained a family unification permit for “J.A”, a 33 year old woman holding a Palestinian ID, after the Israeli Ministry of…
St. Yves Registers 7 Children of the Same Family at the Israeli Ministry of Interior
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights registered 7 children of the same family at the Israeli Ministry of Interior after a struggle that lasted for more than 16 years. “M.R”…
St. Yves Demands the Israeli Ministry of Health to Cancel Discriminatory Health Insurance Payment Imposed on Palestinians Holding a Family Unification Permit
The Israeli Ministry of Health issued regulations on the 1st of August 2016, allowing Palestinians holding family unification permits to access health services with the condition of making a retroactive…
St. Yves Observes an Alarming Trend in Demolitions Israeli Authorities Demolish Eight Houses in S’eir/ Hebron
The Israeli forces demolished 8 houses and 2 barns on the morning of Tuesday 16th of august 2016, belonging to the “Shaladah” family in “Joret al Kheil” area in S’eir, near…
St. Yves Obtains Family Unification for a Jerusalemite Family
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights obtained a family unification permit for the N.A, a Palestinian man from the West Bank married to a Jerusalemite woman after a long legal…
St. Yves Annuls Travel Ban on a Prisoner’s Wife and the High Court gives the Civil Administration a 7 Day Deadline to Set Clear Travel Procedures for Palestinians
The Society of St. Yves –Catholic Center for Human Rights annulled the travel ban on S. H., a Jordanian citizen and carries a Palestinian ID. Her husband is a political prisoner under “administrative…
St. Yves Prevents the Demolition of a Jerusalemite Family’s House
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights succeeded in preventing the demolition of a Jerusalemite family’s house, by submitting an urgent request to halt the demolition before…
Under the patronage of his Beatitude Fouad Twal St. Yves celebrates its 25th anniversary
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights celebrate its 25th Anniversary on the occasion of St. Yves day by a holy mass with the presence of his beatitude former Patriarch Emeritus…
“The Right of People with Disabilities to Accessibility” Campaign
Improving the living conditions of people with disabilities in EJ Jerusalem, 14.4.2016 Society of St. Yves – Jaffa Gate The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in partnership…
Diplomatic Briefing: Punitive residency revocation: the most recent tool of forcible transfer in Jerusalem
A call for the International Community to put pressure on Israel to stop its illegal punitive residency revocation policy Six Palestinian human rights organizations (Al-Quds University's Community…
St. Yves Organizes a Field Visit to Masafer Yatta
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights organized yesterday the 9th of February a field visit to Masafer Yatta, in the southern hills of Hebron, to shed light on the damage caused…
St. Yves Visits Its Founder Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, represented by its management and staff, visited on Wednesday Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah, who founded St. Yves in 1991. During the…
Israeli High Court Dismisses Latest Petitions in the Cremisan Case
For Immediate Release                                                   …
St. Yves Registers a Jerusalemite Child Through the Rights of People with Disabilities Procedures
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights succeeded in registering a Jerusalemite child by activating the procedures pertaining to people with disabilities.Mr. A.D, a Palestinian…
St. Yves welcomes GIZ Delegation in Bethlehem
The Society of St.Yves Catholic Center for Human Rights met with the staff of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) at St.Yves office in Bethlehem. Adv. Rafoul Rofa, General Director of…
The Society of St. Yves Visits Hatta Village
  The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights, represented by Adv. Emile Mishrqi and Mr. Raed Halabi, advocacy and field officer went on a field visit to Hatta Village in the south…
A Delegation of 11 Bishops from Latin America Visit Cremisan
The Conference of Catholic Bishops in the United States – Office of International Justice and Peace, represented by 11 bishops from Latin America, visited Cremisan in Beit-Jala, on Friday the 26th …
Newly Adopted Law to Withhold the Bodies of Palestinians Killed Breaches ‎International Law, Must be Repealed ‎
On 7 March 2018, the Israeli Parliament passed a new amendment to the Israeli Counterterrorism Law (Amendment No. 3 2018), granting Israeli police the power to withhold the bodies of Palestinians killed…
UN Human Rights Council’s 37th Session: St. Yves Raises Serious Concern Over Latest Laws and Bills in Israel’s Parliament Aimed at the Forcible Transfer of Palestinians
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights participated in the 37th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council that took place this March in Geneva, between February 26-…
Israel’s Occupation Threatens Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem
On 25 February 2018, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as a measure of protest against Israel’s deliberate…
Academic Round Table Event: Israel's Taxation on the Church in Jerusalem
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights, and the Community Action Center- Al Quds University, held a joint rountable event on March 27th, 2018 in Al-Quds University Public Library…
Awareness Raising Session: Protection from Israeli Policy of House Demolitions
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights, in coordination with the Deir Samet Local Council, organized an awareness raising session in Deir Samet town, in the southern of the West…
CIDSE Group visits Cremisan
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights accompanied on Thursday, 26/4/2018, a delegation from CIDSE, representatives of several European Catholic institutions, to the Cremisan…
Two Awareness Raising Sessions: Protection from Israeli Policy of Land confiscation in areas (C)
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with Beit Jala Municipality, held two awareness raising sessions at Beit Jala city hall, dedicated to farmers…
In Response to St. Yves Demand: Israeli Ministry of Interior Undertakes to Make Improvements on Condition of Services for Palestinians in Jerusalem
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights submitted a demand to the Israeli Ministry of Interior, calling on it to implement immediate improvements on the humiliating and dysfunctional…
Enough is Enough: 95 Civil Society Organizations Call On the Human Rights Council to Urgently Launch a ‘Commission of Inquiry’ to Investigate Violence Against Protesters in Palestine
In light of the recent mass killing of civilians in occupied Palestine, the undersigned 95 organizations call on the UN Human Rights Council to urgently launch an independent investigation into violations…
A New Israeli Military Order to Escalate Forcible Displacement in Areas (C)
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights warns against the grave implications of the recent Israeli military order, issued by the Israeli Civil Administration, aimed directly at…
JLAC, St. Yves file motion against new Israeli military order
The Society of St. Yves and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) demanded Israeli authorities immediately revoke the new military order that paves the way for mass demolition of Palestinian-owned…
Campaign: Preserving and Restoring Jerusalem Residency Rights
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Centre for Human Rights, in cooperation with Embrace the Middle East, concluded its campaign “Preserving and Restoring Residency Rights in Jerusalem”, aimed…
“Occupied Portraits” Photo Exhibition: St. Yves Day Event
In commemoration of its Patron Saint, the patron saint of lawyers, the Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights organized a photo exhibition entitled "Occupied Portraits",…
Temporary Freeze of New Military Order Escalating Demolitions in Areas C
The Society of St. Yves- Catholic Center for Human Rights, the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center, the Comission Against the Wall and Settlements and Haqel succeeded in obtaining a temporary freeze on the…
Field Briefing: EAPPI Team Visits Cremisan
The society of St. Yves Catholic Center for Human Rights accompanied a delegation from the EAPPI Program on a field trip to Cremisan and Beir Onah, to brief them on Israeli policies of settlement expansion…
Area ( C ): Between home demolitions and settlements and injustice (case study)
Case study: Kherbet Shushehla    Kherbet Shushehla lies to the south of Al Khader city in Bethlehem district, and houses dozens of residential homes, old wells, a mill, a cemetery dating back…
Submission to The UN HRC in its 39th Regular Session: "Israel’s Recent Codification of Racism against Palestinians and Escalation of its Annexation of the oPt Require Human Rights Council Engagement to Uphold an Effective Agenda Item 7"
Human Rights Council Thirty-ninth session 10-28 September 2018 Agenda item 7 Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Joint written statemen submitted by Al-Haq, Law in…
St. Yves Petitions Against Administrative Security Ban
Israel imposes arbitrary closure and ban policies on  Palestinians in the oPt that effectively make freedom movement the exception rather than the norm. Arbitrary profiling constitutes…
St. Yves Participates in the 39th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights participated in the 39th regular session of the Human Rights Council that took place in Geneva, (September 10th and 29th, 2018). St. Yves…
St. Yves Challenges the Amendment of the Administrative Courts Law Which Constitutes A Direct Step Towards Annexation
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights filed a preliminary petition against the Amendment of the Administrative Courts Law (amendment), which transfers the jurisdiction to rule in…
St.Yves launched the Legal Clinic for the Rights of People With Disabilities in East Jerusalem
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, in cooperation with the Arab Society of the Physically Disabled, launched the Legal Clinic for the Rights of People With Disabilities…
St. Yves welcomed a delegation of French human rights activists
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights welcomed a delegation of French human rights activists in coordination with Diwan Voyage for Alternative Tourism. Mr. Raed Halabi, head of the…
St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, conducted a field trip to “Masafer Yatta”
The Society of St. Yves – Catholic Center for Human Rights, conducted a field trip to “Masafer Yatta” – an area in the south of the West Bank. The Society of St. Yves also visited…
St. Yves – accompanied a delegation of Irish Pilgrims to the Cremisan Valley
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Rights accompanied a delegation of Irish Pilgrims to the Cremisan Valley where they were briefed about the Annexation wall and the existing illegal…
Position on the “Israeli government Annexation Policy” 
The Society of St. Yves - Catholic Center for Human Right is working under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem. Founded in 1991 by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Holy Land,…

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