Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, ACRI is consistently monitoring the government's actions to halt the spread of the virus in order to ensure that the damage to human rights is substantive, proportional, for a fit purpose, and as limited as possible. Meanwhile, ACRI continues to secure the rights of vulnerable populations via legal and policy action. Below is an outline of activities and summary by category.
We are providing information on the Coronavirus situation and providing relief to vulnerable populations during the crisis. An ongoing, partial list of our activities:
Freezing National Insurance debts until June.
Freezing mortgage and public housing payments.
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Opened banks so pensioners and welfare recipients can withdraw their benefits.
Appealed to Ministry of Justice to freeze home demolitions in the Negev, East Jerusalem, and OPT.
Ceased disconnection of debtors from electricity during the crisis.
Fought against regulations allowing pregnant women to be immediately furloughed.
We are working 24/7 to ensure that the authorities act in accordance with the law – especially in a state of emergency. An ongoing, partial list includes:
Petitioned to the HCJ against emergency regulation allowing Shin Bet to track civilians' phones; HCJ sided with our argument that such authority can only come from special legislation.
Petitioned to the HCJ against freezing the judicial system in the state of emergency.
Ensured freedom of protest was protected via regulations during the crisis.
Petitioned to make at-home learning accessible to the 400,000+ children without computer or internet access.