New Report on Israel Restricting Free Expression and Assembly

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The Association for Civil Rights in Israel assesses Israel’s human and civil rights record annually. Its newly released 2011 report cites increasing crackdowns on basic freedoms.

Losing free expression and assembly rights threatens others. They’re basic ones Israel’s High Court affirmed.

It said the “true test of freedom of expression lies in allowing the airing of views that are extreme, controversial, or infuriating.” It’s the state’s obligation to protect them, including in public gatherings.

Israel ratified all core international human rights conventions relating to free association rights, including the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It requires signatories to respect the right to life, due process, judicial fairness, free and open elections, and freedoms of expression, assembly and religion.

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