HOKOK regularly organizes and participates in workshops and training in Spain, Lebanon, Berlin, etc., and has begun to have a presence in both conferences aimed at the wider public, and workshops aimed at empowering and training human rights advocates, focusing on a myriad of issues pertaining to obvious violations in the context of war and occupation, as well as gender-based discrimination and violence, in addition to other pertinent social issues. HOKOK's participation in the foray of the UN has been primarily through events organized by UN bodies, such as the UNRWA. HOKOK also participated in the Bahrain sessions of the UPR which was conducted in Geneva. Additionally, HOKOK participated in:
Again... icai/hokok in the icc court
The lawyer May el-Khansa, president of the International Coalition against Impunity (HOKOK), met on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, with a number of ICC Court members in The Hague, over two hours, to discuss the complaints filed by HOKOK against a number of perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the Zionist entity. HOKOK filed a new complaint registered under number OTP-CR-223/14, backed up with names and photos against the Zionists,after formally recognizing the state of Palestine. ICC Court promised HOKOK president that it will do its legal job far from any political intervention to prosecute the Zionist war criminals for their crimes.
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ICAI HOKOK Lawyers Sue Bahraini Regime At Hague
March 18, 2013
A group of international lawyers, who represent the International Coalition Against Impunity HOKOK (ICAI), have filed a lawsuit against Bahrain's ruling al-Khalifa family at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, over the severe suppression of peaceful anti-government protesters in the country.
May El Khansa, a Lebanese Attorney at Law and the Chief Officer of ICAI representing a number of her European colleagues, told journalists that the world should not turn a blind eye on the human rights violations that are continuously taking place in Bahrain against unarmed civilians. Her comments come on the heels of the lawsuit brought against Bahrain's ruling family at the international tribunal over the Manama regime's heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful Bahraini protesters. “What is happening in Bahrain really are crimes against humanity (...) what is happening is very dangerous, nobody is talking about these crimes (…) The regime is bombarding civilians with heavy artiliary and even airplanes” Khansa said repeatedly. ICAI HOKOK criticized the international community, particularly the Western countries, over the silence on Bahrain, and urged “who call themselves democratic institutions” to accelerate efforts against the crimes committed in Bahrain. At the same time, a group of Bahraini victims have held a gathering in front of the International Criminal Court at The Hague to protest against human rights violations that are taking place in their country, supporting ICAI’s appeal. The coalition is backed by documents and undeniable pieces of evidence that the Saudi-backed Bahraini regime has carried out harsh army attacks on protesters, killing dozens of people, including rights activists that died under torture. Hundreds of others have also been arrested and are being interrogated and forced to sign declarations under torture. Regime forces have also shamelessly attacked dozens of mosques, schools, holy sites, and even graveyards in their efforts to suppress the opposition movement. The efforts of ICAI Hokok turned successful, as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay censured the Bahraini government for arresting hundreds of anti-government protesters and even putting doctors and nurses on trial at an ad hoc “military court.”
A Lebanese court decided on Monday to block Internet access to the US-Israeli film
Beirut – 25/9/2012-
ICAI HOKOK praised the decision of the Lebanese judge Nadim Zouein, who ordered to halt the online sharing of the film 'Innocence of Muslims' in Lebanon.
The judge also ordered the Ministry of Information and all internet service providers to take all necessary actions to stop its broadcast in Lebanon, and a fine of $1 million will be laid down against any side that violates the judge's order. The Chief Officer of the International Coalition against Impunity May El Khansa viewed the Beirut's court decision as the “first rain drop in a series of legal proceedings." In an interview with "Al Intiqad" website, El Khansa explained: "These procedures are to confront the anti-Islam moves through all possible ways and means." "We will sue the producer, director, actors, and all who contributed in this film before the American courts," she further clarified. Representing ICAI HOKOK, El Khansa also "will meet, in this context, with a number of American lawyers on Saturday in Ireland over 4 days to discuss the case, before moving to America to follow it directly." The Lebanese attorney emphasized: "The case, which will be held at American courts, is a 100% winner."
Being a coalition of human rights solicitors, campaigners and social justice advocates that seek to challenge a culture of growing impunity and unaccountability worldwide, the members of ICAI HOKOK have proven historical records of success fighting impunity, corruption and any form of violations to human rights.
It is worthy to note that the coalition does not solely rely on reading and analyzing current prevalent news of human rights’ violations, but we have trained investigators, reporters and writers who are our main channel of acquiring evidence-based facts necessary to file lawsuits against violators.
Our experts visit the sites where incidents reported were taking place, document viable testimonials from the witnesses (in the form of photos, written, audio and video reports, etc…). This is the grounds we rely on when filing lawsuits at international courts of justice, or calling for a certain cause, for we never discriminate any religion, nationality, race or color, as much as we never spare any offender, no matter how commonly or socially superior s/he is, be it an individual, a company, a whole government or a group of governments.
Equipped with an understanding of how International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is repeatedly disregarded by some state and non-state bodies, and with an ability to frame their discourse and narratives in the context of IHL, ICAI HOKOK’s human rights defenders and community activists are now in a much stronger case in which to campaign for justice and equality of the international community.
Our ultimate mission is to accelerate a process that challenges impunity, and seeks to build societies -and citizenry- where justice, equality and respect for the human rights of all are observed.
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For the Freedom of Palestine
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For Women Freedom in KSA
April 20, 2014
The International Coalition against Impunity (HOKOK) recently held a large rally in Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya, facing El Corte Ingles department store, on April 19, 2014, from 12h00 until 14h30 in support of the princesses detained in Saudi Arabia and to denounce all forms of violence committed against them in particular, and women in general.
After that, the procession moved towards La Plaça St Jaume where they submitted a note explaining the princesses’ circumstances and called for a large support for their release.
It's worth noting that ICAI/HOKOK, has previously filed a lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on January 7, 2013, before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. In the complaint, the organization has denounced the violence against four princesses from the Royal Family and their deprivation of their freedom, in addition to their simplest human rights to obtain their rights in accordance with the Islamic Shariaa, like their brothers and sisters, and forcing them to live under hard conditions.
HOKOK has called on His Majesty Abdullah Ben Abdel Aziz Al Saoud to take the decision to put an end to the oppression and injustice against the Princesses, and to stop psychological and material violence against them; and therefore, give them their rights after releasing them.
The coalition was represented by 25 lawyers from around the globe in order to condemn The Kingdom's officials responsible for the scolding and oppression of the four princesses. Just in time when His Highness, the King of Saudi Arabia, issued a decree permitting Saudi Women to work and participate in the Shura Council, the Attorney At Court and President at HOKOK May El Khansa, was contacted by the mother of those princesses to initiate a wide spread global campaign to save her daughters, raising this cause in front of Arab and International courts of justice. "Praising His Highness's' decision, the coalition noted that there are Four first line princesses are being held in custody and subjected to psychological and physical violence, deprived of their human rights. Therefore, the mother of those four princesses raised her concern to the king, asking him about her daughters' human rights while they haven't been allowed to see her for 10 years, even though they are all adults.
Ali Sbat Case
ICAI HOKOK is concerned about the decision of the Saudi court to detain a Lebanese citizen, accusing him of witchcraft, and then sentence him to death by beheading in November 2008.
Chief Officer of the coalition, Attorney At Law May El Khansa has pledged the Lebanese and Saudi leaders to spare his life. Learning from Juridical sources that Ali Sbat, a Lebanese who traveled for pilgrimage during which he got arrested by police in May 2008, and is convicted to the death sentence, ICAI HOKOK organized a demonstration in front of the Saudi embassy in Quraitem, where one of the activists carried a small banner that read in Arabic: "Don't kill." Sbat is one of many people reported arrested every year in the kingdom for practicing sorcery, witchcraft, and black magic. These practices are considered polytheism by the government in Saudi Arabia, however, the Saudi constitution, which is based on Islamic laws, does not clearly classify the charges of witchcraft. Al-Khansa called upon Lebanese officials and the Saudi King Abdullah to pardon Sbat, a 49-year-old father of five minor children. She added that Sbat did not make ‘predictions’ in Saudi Arabia and was neither a Saudi citizen nor a resident in Saudi. Therefore Saudi Arabia doesn’t have the right to judge him, and should have been deported rather than tried there. "Ali is not a criminal. He did not commit a crime or do anything disgraceful, " El Khansa said. "The world should help in rescuing a man who has five children, a wife and a seriously ill mother."