The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded the third and fourth training courses for this year in the field of human rights, pleading before Shari’a Courts and Personal Status Law for young lawyers to help them obtaining the license to practice Law before sharia courts. The 35-hour training courses were attended by 90 male and female lawyers from Rafah and Gaza and held between 28 March – 05 April 2018, in Marna House Training Hall in Gaza City.
The program of the course included a number of international human rights instruments, including the International Bill of Human Rights (the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights); the Two Additional Protocols; Convention on the Rights of the Child; Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Universal Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women; Gender; Sharia Procedure Law; provisions of inheritance and mandated will; the Personal Status Law; family law; Palestinian Execution Act; Lawyers’ Code of Conduct; Cases and Rulings; and Mecelle “the Civil Code of Ottoman Empire.” The 35-hour training course addressed those topics within 7 days consecutively.
A team of specialized trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included ‘Abdel Halim Abu Samrah, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, Khalil Shaheen, Director of PCHR’s Economic and Social Rights Unit, Mona Shawa, Head of PCHR’s Women’s Unit, Mohammed ‘Atallah, a trainer at PCHR, Hanan Matar, lawyer at PCHR Women’s Rights Unit, Majeda Shehada, a researcher at PCHR’s Women’s Unit and Samir Hassania, a lawyer at the Women’s Rights Unit, in addition to sharia judges namely Sa’id Abu al-Jubein, Ibrahim al-Najjar, ‘Omer Nofal; and Ahmed al-Buhaisi.
At the end of the courses, PCHR held a closing ceremony where ‘Abdel Halim Abu Samrah pointed out, “these efforts implemented by PCHR’s courses aim at disseminating the human rights culture, especially women’s rights, among the various segments of Palestinian society. He added that the courses came in light of PCHR’s human and legal work in protecting and disseminating the human rights culture, monitor it in addition to providing legal aid for those who need it. He also invited all participants to head to PCHR to benefit from its experience in all the course’s topics relevant to human rights, especially in the field of defending the rights of women emphasizing their role in promoting justice and their contribution to the development of the judicial and legal system. He also said that the relation between PCHR and the participants will not end at the end of the course, and should be strengthened afterwards. He also said that PCHR’s doors will always be open to participants in order to benefit from PCHR’s experience regarding what they have learnt.
The participants appreciated the distinctive role of PCHR in increasing the participants’ efficiency in pleading before sharia courts among young lawyers. They also emphasized that the course is distinguished with its rich topics that would positively affect their professional level and make it easier for them to understand the Personal Status Law and so positively affecting women’s conditions. They also praised the trainers’ efficiency and various and interactive training methods used in the course.
It should be mentioned that PCHR is the first human rights organization in Palestine that hold such kind of courses as PCHR has accumulated great experience of long years in the field of Personal Status Law and pleading before Sharia Courts to defend women who are victims of violence.