Ref: 117/2009  

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns a raid on the offices of the al-Dameer Association for Human Rights in Gaza on Sunday, 15 November 2009, and calls upon concerned authorities to conduct effective investigations and bring the assailants to justice.

 

On Sunday morning, 15 November 2009, offices of the al-Dameer Association for Human Rights were burgled by unknown persons who stole computers, and electronic files.  According to a statement issued by al-Dameer on Sunday, its offices were raided and some of its contents were seized in a manner that raises doubts as to the nature and motivation of the offence, it is not believed that this was a straightforward case of burglary.  Al-Dameer staff members, according to the official statement, were surprised that one of the doors into the office was opened.  When they started to check their offices and computers they discovered that the offices were searched and documents were checked.  They also found that computers had been operated and navigated, the memory of a digital camera documenting al-Dameer’s activities was cleaned, and two out of 10 computers were taken.

 

PCHR reiterates its condemnation of this raid and calls upon concerned authorities to conduct effective investigations, declare the results of investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.