During October 2021, the Knesset Constitution Committee held a series of discussions on the new Regulatory Authority Law and its implications. Our representatives presented Zulat’s position to the effect that the law must clearly stipulate that upon its establishment the Regulatory Authority would be required to take into account human rights aspects in all its actions.
Zulat’s Executive Director Einat Ovadia said on 12 October: “One of the problems with the proposed law is not only that it does not require coordination between the ministries, but that it contains blind spots given that the regulator of one ministry is oblivious of the impact on areas overseen by a fellow regulator when it comes to the violation of equality and human rights. For example, the Construction and Housing Ministry does not concern itself with workers’ rights. The Regulatory Authority has an advisory role to liaise between the regulators of different ministries.”
Attorney Yifat Solel said on 9 October: “This law is very lacking in the social areas of human rights and equality. The Israeli Government has recognized the need to examine budgetary issues from a gender perspective, but such an examination is absent from this law. Not only the state budget, but regulation should also be examined this way. The law distinguishes between different population groups, between the center of the country and peripheral regions, between people of different ethnicities living in different places and in different types of communities. Matters of age, age-adjusted regulation, people with disabilities – all these things need to be explicitly written into the law. Is the right to privacy a key element of the law? The role of a regulatory entity should be to protect the full range of social interests.”