Ref: 40/ 2018

On Thursday, 08 November 2018, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded a training course in human rights and democracy. The 20-hour course was held at PCHR’s office in Khan Younis from 04 to 08 November 2018, and attended by 20 members and volunteers, representing 10 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) active in Khan Younis, in light of PCHR’s long-term efforts to promote human rights in the Palestinian society.

The course focused on a number of international human rights instruments that fit with the needs of the targeted group, including included an introduction to 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); the two Additional Protocols; United Nations Human Rights Committee; Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; principle of rule of law and Independence of Judiciary; Mechanisms of Monitoring and Documenting Human Rights Violations; basic concepts in international humanitarian law and Gender-Based Violence.

team of PCHR’s trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included Abdul Halim Abu Samra, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit; Khalil Shaheen, Director of PCHR’s Economic; Mohammed ‘Atallah, a trainer at PCHR; Sharif Abu Nassar, lawyer at PCHR’s Legal Unit; Majedah Shehadah, a Researcher at PCHR’s Women’s Unit; and Mohammed Abu Hashem, a legal researcher at PCHR.

At the end of the course, PCHR organized a closing ceremony. Jaber Wishah, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, emphasized PCHR’s long-term efforts to promote human rights in the Palestinian society. He added 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.

Abdul Halim Abu Samra, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, said that, “the course was characterized with the large number of participated organizations that PCHR cooperated with them for the first time, allowing PCHR to reach relatively new categories”. He added that this course was held in order to develop participants’ theoretical knowledge and provide professional skills that can contribute to a real change in the behavior of the society in the field of human rights.

appreciated PCHR’s efforts to create new generation of youth trainers in the field of human rights. Ghadeer Fares, from El-Bara’em Development Society, said 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.” She added that, “The course gave them new knowledge and skills in training as its program was comprehensive, including effective participation and discussion, which
contributed to enriching the course.”

At the end of the course, all participants received certificates.