On Monday, 11 February 2019, in coordination with the Palestinian Association of Dental and Pharmaceutical Students and, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded a training course in the field of human rights and right to health. The course which was attended by 21 female and male students from the faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy was held as part of PCHR’s long-term efforts to disseminate the culture of human rights among the university students and improve their human rights knowledge. The 20-hour course was held in the Training Hall in Gloria Hotel in Gaza between 06 and 11 February 2019. The concluding ceremony was attended by each of Hashem al-Thalathini and Issa Saba, Members of PCHR’s Board of Directors, and Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR.
The course focused on several topics that fit with the needs of the targeted group relevant to human rights and the right to health, including 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, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 2 Additional Protocols); Women’s fundamental rights; Convention on the Rights of the Child; medical malpractice liability and its impact on the right to health; right to health in the international human rights law and international humanitarian law, Palestine’s Obligations to active the right to health; role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in promoting the right to health; and the mechanisms to strengthen the freedom of movement and right to health in addition to the mechanisms to legally follow up the violations of the right to health.
A Team of PCHR’s trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included Abdul Halim Abu Samrah, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit; Khalil Shaheen, Director of PCHR’s Economic Social Rights Unit; Mona al-Shawa, Director of PCHR’s Women Unit; Mohammed ‘Atallah, a trainer at PCHR; Mohammed Bseiso and Mohammed Alami, lawyers at PCHR’s Legal Unit; Majedah Shehadah, a Researcher at PCHR’s Women’s Unit; and Mohammed Lafi, Advocacy Officer at WHO in Gaza.
At the end of the course, PCHR organized a closing ceremony. Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, emphasized that “these courses come as part of PCHR’s work in training and raising awareness of university students. He also expressed his hopes that this cooperation will continue in the service of students in the field of human rights and right to health, stressing the keenness of PCHR to organize such courses for students to raise their competencies and develop their knowledge in human rights by providing them with the knowledge of the mechanisms that can be followed to defend and promote their rights to create real change in society. Sourani emphasized that “PCHR’s doors will always be open to participants in order to benefit from
PCHR’s experience regarding what they have learnt, urging participants to transfer what they learned in the course to their peers for the dissemination of interest.”
Mohammed Yehia Zaqout, Head of the Palestinian Dental Students Association- Gaza and representing al-Azhar University and Deanship of Dentistry, thanked and appreciated on behalf of the Association and University PCHR for its pioneering role in disseminating and promoting the culture of human rights. He clarified that “PCHR has accumulated experience and deep knowledge of the long years of working in this field, including dissemination of human rights concepts in general and right to health in particular among all segments of society. He also praised PCHR’s role in promoting human rights and right to health via following up with all the competent authorities for the advancement of the health situation in the Gaza Strip. He emphasized the continued relationship between the Association and PCHR and the importance to develop it in order to serve the students of medical faculties and to continue holding similar training courses, which would help to develop their theoretical knowledge and impart scientific and practical skills in human rights.
Suha al-Farram, Head of the Palestinian Association of Pharmaceutical Students- Gaza and participant in the course, said that, “the course addressed new topics which I have not known before and it was characterized with its rich topics, contributing to raising participants’ awareness of human rights in general and right to health in particular; trainers’ efficiency and various and interactive training methods used in the course.”
At the end of the course, all participants received certificates.