Asylum Seekers- Refugees
Zari Hazan Law office fights for rights of asylum seekers living in Israel, and acts for settling their legal status as refugees.
The State of Israel signed and ratified the International Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees that defines a ‘Refugee’ as a person who does not reside in his/her country, owing to:
“….. Well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country…“
(Article 1(2)- Definition of the Term ‘Refugee’ of the Text of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees).
Our office is experienced in serving administrative appeals in particular cases of asylum seekers who have been living in Israel for years, whom the country wishes to send to the open detention center in Holot or back to their country of origin.
The arrest of an asylum seeker in Israel and sending him/her to Holot detention center does not only interrupts the life and work of the asylum seeker, but also in many cases the lives of the employers who are often dependent upon him/her. Worse of all, the arrest takes the asylum seekers’ freedom in practice as Holot is a detention facility for all intents and purposes, and in many times, it is even performed against the law.
Our office had many successes in courts against the Ministry of Interior in the delay and even prevention of the arrest and detention of asylum seekers from Sudan, Eritrea, and Darfur in Holot, based on causes of administrative failures in the arrest process or for other personal circumstances that justified the prevention of the arrest.
Zari Hazan and Co. Law office is an expert in the issue of refugees under U.N discussions, the various refugees’ conventions Israel is signed on, and in the ways of action for the benefit of asylum seekers in Israel. In addition, our office accompanies the Darfur community with their fight for receiving a refugees’ status in Israel.