Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

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Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is a non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR uses litigation proactively to advance the law in a positive direction, to empower poor communities and communities of color, to guarantee the rights of those with the fewest protections and least access to legal resources, to train the next generation of constitutional and human rights attorneys, and to strengthen the broader movement for constitutional and human rights.

CCR is challenging U.S government and U.S. corporate support and complicity in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the policies used to enforce and continue the occupation. Current efforts around both the May 31, 2010 Flotilla Attack, and the building of a “Museum of Tolerance” over the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem will build on past efforts and also respond to what might be a slightly changing international political dynamic. CCR is participating in a “31 May Legal Advisory Group” to create a coordinated legal response to the Israeli military attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. This advocacy and possible litigation will also highlight and challenge the Israeli siege of Gaza: both what this means for the Palestinians who have been living under the blockade for more than three years and U.S. policy towards the blockade and protecting Israel in the face of international condemnation for its policies against Palestinian civilians.

CCR and other groups are also supporting Palestinian descendants of those buried in an ancient Muslim cemetery, the Mamilla Cemetery, in Jerusalem. A significant portion of the cemetery is being destroyed and hundreds of human remains are being desecrated to build a facility to be called the “Center for Human Dignity - Museum of Tolerance” on this sacred Muslim site. The petition, which was filed with several international bodies, urges Israel to halt construction of the museum, investigate human rights violations, rebury human remains, and declare the Mamilla Cemetery a protected antiquities site.


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