Association for Civil Rights in Israel

Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Founded1972; 47 years ago (1972)
FocusHuman rights, Civil liberties"[1]
Area served
Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories
MethodLegal and Policy Advocacy, Education, and Public Outreach
Key people
Sami Michael, President[3]
Attorney Sharon Avraham-Weiss, Executive Director
Attorney Dan Yakir, Chief Legal Counsel[4]
Sharon Abraham-Weiss, executive director of ACRI, 2015

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) (Hebrew: האגודה לזכויות האזרח בישראל; Arabic: جمعية حقوق المواطن في اسرائيل) was created in 1972[6] as an independent, non-partisan not-for-profit organization with the mission of protecting human rights and civil rights in Israel and the territories under its control. ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization. Headquartered in Tel Aviv, with offices in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Be'er Sheva, the organization promotes transparency and accountability in government.[7]

ACRI has been accused by critics, including former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, of defending terrorists.[8]


Established in 1972, ACRI views itself as being "committed to promoting the universality of human rights and defending the human rights and civil liberties of all, regardless of religion, nationality, gender, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background."[5] The association established its views based on the basic rights recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, and the values in Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.[citation needed]

In 1981, ACRI instituted a human rights award to be given to "individuals and organizations that have made a outstanding contribution to the advancement of human rights in Israel". The award was renamed in 1983 as the "Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award."[9]

In 2009, ACRI organized what has become an annual "Human Rights March" to mark International Human Rights Day (December 10) in Tel Aviv.[10]