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BADIL - Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights takes a rights-based approach to the Palestinian refugee issue through research, advocacy and support of community.
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BADIL Resource Center

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights takes a rights-based approach to the Palestinian refugee issue through research, advocacy and support of community participation in the search for durable solutions.

BADIL was established in January 1998 to support the development of a popular refugee lobby for the right of return through professional research and partnership-based community initiatives. The center is registered with the Palestinian Authority.

BADIL actively encourages voluntary participation of grassroots activists, local and international experts, and regional and international partners based on the vision of BADIL as a community-based organization.

BADIL ('badeel') is an Arabic word that means 'alternative'. BADIL's alternative approach to the question of Palestinian refugees and displaced persons is based on international law, relevant UN resolutions, and the participation of refugees themselves.

BADIL's work is guided by a Board, elected from a General Assembly composed of activists in Palestinian refugee community organizations and national institutions, and supervised by an elected Oversight Committee. BADIL's Executive Committee responsible for ongoing supervision, monitoring and adaptation of BADIL's regular program.

BADIL Friends operates as an informal network of refugee community activists in 1967 occupied Palestine and serves as the 'long arm' of BADIL for planning and implementation of its projects among the refugee community.

BADIL Legal Support Network is an informal collective of Palestinian and international legal experts who provide legal advice and support on the Palestinian refugee issue.

The Center is also a member of the Palestine Right of Return Coalition established in 2000.

BADIL's campaign unit facilitates partnership-based initiatives with local Palestinian and international organizations in order to strengthen refugee identity, promote refugee unity, and empower initiatives of refugee self-organization for Palestinian refugee rights. Activities include workshops on refugee rights, support for rallies and community lobbying, study tours to villages of origin, regional workshops, support for media initiatives including radio and TV series, English training courses for activists, and capacity building for community initiatives and organizations based on the principle of partnership.

BADIL's research, information and legal advocacy unit initiates Arabic and English research and documentation to provide accurate information, raise awareness, and furnish professional analysis to support the local and international community-based campaign for Palestinian refugee rights. The unit includes a special focus of legal and media initiatives. Activities include Arabic (Haq al-Awda) and English (Majdal) magazines, an annual Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs, expert workshops, policy advice, reporting to international legal fora, advocacy materials, legal papers and press releases.

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