On Sunday, 06 May 2018, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concludes a training course in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities in Rafah. The 15-hour training course was held in the office of al-Amal Rehabilitation Society from 02 to 06 May 2018, and was attended by 26 persons with hearing disabilities.
The program of the course addressed many topics relevant to the disability issues including an introduction to concepts of human rights, 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); International Women’s Rights; international standards, declarations and conventions on the rights of persons with disabilities; Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; mechanisms for monitoring and documenting violations against persons with disabilities and how to handle them; the Palestinian Disability Law; and the mechanisms to integrate persons with disabilities in the Palestinian Society.
A team of PCHR’s trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included Abdul Halim Abu Samra, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit; Majedah Shehadah, a Researcher at PCHR’s Women’s Unit; Mohammed ‘Atallah, a trainer at PCHR; and Khalil Shaheen, Director of PCHR’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Unit.
At the end of the course, PCHR organized a closing ceremony, where Abdel Halim Abu Samra, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, emphasized that this course was held so that the participants would develop their theoretical knowledge, gain practical skills and contribute to creating a real change in the society’s behavior. A change that would lead to respect and protect the rights of the persons with disabilities and their right to work in the Palestinian territories through promoting their rights by integrating them in the society in application of this category’s right to self-determination, plan for their future and achieve their aspirations represented in realization of their rights and enforcement of the laws and legislations on the ground, considering that persons with disabilities are ordinary persons who are able to give and cane be vital and active in promoting production after the society’s view of them as being disabled, disrupting and a burden on society.
Abu Samra stressed the need to contribute to building a national strategy to enhance the opportunities of this category to access their rights, particularly in the work and rehabilitation field based on equal opportunities and non-discrimination according to national and international standards. Abu Samra added that PCHR will continue its struggle for this group to enable them to obtain their legitimate rights.
‘Ala’a Eden al-Nahal, Director of Raneen Al-Samt Society, stressed PCHR’s distinctive role in defending the rights of the Palestinians and disseminating the culture of human rights in general and persons with disabilities in particular. Al-Nahal added that, “It is very important to hold joint activities with PCHR for its experience and good reputation in the field of human rights.” Al-Nahal also asked PCHR to continue its support for persons with disabilities and their legitimate rights.
Participant Mona al-Masri, who has a hearing disability, expressed in sign language the importance to hold similar courses that contribute to raising awareness about the rights of persons with disabilities, noting the significance of benefiting from PCHR’s experience in this field. She added that “the course was characterized with its rich topics and contributed to raising participants’ awareness of human rights; trainers’ efficiency and various and interactive training methods used in the course.”