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The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants is Israel’s leading organization protecting the rights of refugees, migrants workers and victims of human trafficking. For over 15 years Hotline staff and volunteers have been visiting Israel’s immigration detention centers to monitor conditions, meet with detainees and provide paralegal intervention and legal representation. We represent some of the most vulnerable people in Israel and advocate for government policies consistent with a just, equal and democratic Israel.

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New Testimonies from the Sinai Torture Camps

In 2010, the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants first identified asylum-seekers jailed in Saharonim prison who described enduring torture and being forced to work without pay in Sinai en route to Israel. The Sinai-based smugglers would torture the asylum-seekers to extract ransom from...
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Congestion, delays, lack of transparency and failure to make decisions: A new report reveals the inadequacies of the tribunal for migration matters

In May 2014 the Appeals Tribunal was founded as a new judicial tribunal for immigration proceedings. The objective, as describied in the founding bill, was to reduce the heavy workload on the administrative courts and create an expert tribunal in the field of...
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Groundbreaking Decision: Government position denying Eritrean army deserters eligibility for asylum violates Refugee Convention

The Jerusalem appeals court rejected the Interior Ministry’s legal opinion, according to which deserting from the Eritrean army does not constitute grounds for asylum. The Interior Ministry has rejected thousands of asylum requests submitted by Eritrean citizens based on that legal opinion. Judge...
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