Human Rights Award for Christian Aid's Palestinian and Israeli partners
Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups Al-Haq and B’Tselem – two partners of Christian Aid – have received the 2018 Human Rights Prize of the French Republic, having fought tirelessly for justice and the end to the Israeli occupation.
This year’s prize is awarded to organisations that are being harassed or pressured for defending and promoting human rights.
Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East Policy and Advocacy, William Bell, said: “We are so proud to support these two organisations who recognise that accountability and the rule of law lie at the heart of a just peace.”
Christian Aid is working with more than 15 Israeli and Palestinian organisations to tackle poverty, provide community resilience and build peace across the West Bank and the Gaza strip. The organisation supports partners like Al-Haq and B'Tselem to monitor human rights violations, whoever the perpetrator, and to protect those who defend rights.
Christian Aid last week launched a new report, ‘Resourcing war and peace: time to address the UK Government’s double standards’, as part of its ‘Be A Peacemaker’ Christmas appeal.
Notes to Editors:
1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
3. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.
We have more than 70 years’ experience of working in partnership to support communities to thrive. We tackle the root causes of poverty so that women, men and children the world over are strengthened against future knocks. And if disasters happen, we get people the help they want straight away.