Al-Marsad – Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights is an independent, not-for-profit international human rights
organization with no religious or political affiliation that operates in the Golan Heights
In the Ghost Towns of the Occupied Golan, Five Villages Defiantly Wave the Syrian Flag
''Washington Report on Middle East Affairs'', August 2006
The Golan Heights region is internationally recognised by all but the US
n territory occupied by Israel
, although Israel asserts it has a right to retain control over the area.
[Y.Z Blum "Secure Boundaries and Middle East Peace in the Light of International Law and Practice" (1971) pages 24–46]
The organisation was created in October 2003 and is run from Majdal Shams
[Szerman, Nathalie and Feki, Masri]
Les druzes du Golan
''Israël Magazine'', 9 July 2007
Original: L'objectif révélé du centre est de «faire l'inventaire des graves violations de l'occupation israélienne contre les Arabes syriens du Golan afin de faire connaître à la communauté internationale la situation des. Droits de l'homme dans le Golan» et d'encourager une intervention internationale. L'un de ces abus serait le «nettoyage ethnique» des Arabes syriens du Golan effectué par Israël. Al-Marsad, fondé en octobre 2003 par un groupe d'avocats et de professions libérales est une organisation indépendante à but non lucratif.
Translation: The centre's explicit aim is to "draw up an inventory of the serious violations made by the Israeli occupation against the Syrian Arabs of the Golan," in order to both bring to the international community's attention and encourage intervention. One of the abuses is the "ethnic cleansing" of Syrian Arabs of the Golan carried out by Israel. Al-Marsad, founded in October 2003 "by a group of lawyers and professional people" is an independent, non-profit organization.
It was the first human rights organisation founded in the Golan.
Al-Marsad is registered with the Israel
i Registrar of Non-Profits, and is a member of the OPGAI (Occupied Palestinian and Golan Advocacy Initiative)
and Convenio Palestina 2015.
Issues and campaigns
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Al-Marsad has published detailed legal studies on behalf of affected individuals in the Golan Heights, concerning: forced evictions and internal displacement, the illegality of family separation, parallel reports to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
, including advocacy before the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
concerning human rights abuses,
economic occupation, and Israeli violations of international law.
Al-Marsad has also voiced concern over what it deems Israel's "ethnic cleansing" of the Syrian Arab population in the Golan.
130,000 Syrian Arabs from the Golan Heights were expelled or fled to Syria following Israel's capture of the territory in 1967. Most villages were also destroyed by Israeli forces, leaving six villages and 23,000 Syrian residents remaining in the Golan.
Al-Marsad has reported that Israeli settlers receive five times the amount of water than the area’s Syrian farmers do, and that land has been expropriated for Israeli settlements
Al-Marsad has also reported that Arab residents, moreover, pay more taxes to Israel than their Israeli counterparts while receiving fewer services.
Israeli (de facto) Annexation of the Golan Heights
Al-Marsad campaigns against Israel's (de facto) annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights
* Annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights
* Golan Heights
* Israel–Syria relations
* UN Security Council Resolution 452
* UN Security Council Resolution 465
* UN Security Council Resolution 471
* UN Security Council Resolution 497
Category:Human rights organizations based in Israel
Category:Non-governmental organizations involved in the Israeli–Syrian conflict