Ministry of Justice Corrects ID Requirement for Court Petitions

ID Card, photo CC by Zeevveez (Flickr)ID Card, photo CC by Zeevveez (Flickr)
The Ministry of Justice corrected its amendment requiring ID numbers for submitting petitions to court, following ACRI’s letter and extensive media and civil society coverage.  
 
The amendment added a regulation that directed court clerks not to accept documents without either an Israeli identification number or a passport number.  Concerned that this regulation would prohibit Palestinian residents of the Occupied Territories, refugees and other stateless persons from availing themselves of the legal system, ACRI Attorney Oded Feller submitted a letter to the Minister of Justice seeking clarification on this issue.

 
Today the Ministry of Justice announced in a statement to the press that the amendment was corrected – now people will be required to provide their ID number and in the case when no ID number exists, provide an explanatory note.

 
ACRI Attorney Oded Feller, who wrote the letter to the ministry protesting this amendment: “We welcome the correction and are pleased to see that the Ministry of Justice has, in this case, recognized its duty to protect the right of access to court of every person – not just to citizens and residents but also to Palestinians, refugees, migrant works and stateless persons.”
 
To read ACRI’s complete letter (PDF in English), click here.
 

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Categories: Democracy and Civil Liberties, Due Process, Migrant Workers, Refugees and Asylum-Seekers, The Occupied Territories

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