BADIL's General Assembly Passes Strategic Decisions in its 2010 Annual Meeting

11 June 2010 - BADIL is proud to report a productive annual meeting of its 40 member General Assembly which convened from 10 to 11 June at BADIL's office in Bethlehem.

The General Assembly adopted the organizational 2009 financial audit report presented by the the external auditor, as well as the administrative report summarizing activities implemented and results achieved in the year 2009. It also took note of the assessment of BADIL operations and recommendations issued by its elected Oversight Committee.

The General Assembly in this year's meeting also passed a series of important decisions which will enable BADIL to meet the challenges of the future, including adoption of BADIL's new strategic plan “Putting Rights into Practice II” for the period of 2011 – 2013 and appointment of a new external audit firm. Of particular significance in this context was a decision to strengthen BADIL's governance institutions by accepting, for the first time, twelve new members to the General Assembly and by terminating the membership of one person who no longer meets the required criteria.

Following these decisions, the General Assembly expressed its appreciation to the outgoing Board and Oversight Committee for work accomplished in the past two-year period and proceeded to elections.

The new BADIL Board elected for the next two-year period is composed of nine members from the occupied West Bank who are active for Palestinian refugee rights in various contexts:

Dr. Nayef Jarad, head of Board
Jamal Shati, deputy head
Anwar Hamam, secretary
Wajih Taymour, treasurer
Faisal Salama, Rifa' Abu al-Rish, Walid Ja'arim, Ayid Jaaysah and Shaher Baddawi as members.

BADIL's new elected Oversight Committee is composed of Afif Ghatasheh, head, Fayez Arafat and Ghassan Khader.

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs. Established in 1998, BADIL’s vision, missions, and programs are defined by our Palestinian identity and the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law. BADIL seeks to advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people on this basis.