In honor of the 30th anniversary of the legislation of Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, a special discussion was held in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Zulat was invited to the discussion and submitted a position paper on the issue.
The paper states that this law, which was ratified by the Knesset on 17 March 1992, is one of the most important in Israel’s law book. However, 30 years later it is clear that alongside its many strengths, the law contains weaknesses that need to be amended. It is Zulat’s opinion that additional civil and human rights excluded from the short list of rights specified in it should be enshrined through the enactment of separate basic laws.
Especially urgent is the legislation of individual basic laws recognizing the right to equality, to freedom of religion and conscience, and to freedom of expression. There is also dire need for a separate basic law on legal review of ordinary and basic laws, which would allay the political and public criticism against the Supreme Court.
Zulat believes that all new basic laws should be ratified by a two-thirds majority, and that Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty should be amended to include a rigidity clause in order to increase its stability and public standing.