On Thursday, 03 September 2015, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) Training Unit concluded a training course on the “Freedom of Opinion and Expression – Human Rights” in cooperation with the Palestine Network for Press and Media in the Gaza Strip. The Unit organized a concluding ceremony, in which certificates were distributed to the participants. The 5-day course (20 training hours) was held in the Laterna Restaurant in Gaza City from 30 August – 03 September 2015. Twenty two male and female journalists from the Network participated in the course which is part of the two-year project funded by the EU and entitled “Promoting Human Rights and Freedom of Access to Information in the Gaza Strip”.
In his concluding speech, Mr. Bassam al-Aqra’, director of PCHR’s training Unit, emphasized the deep relationship between PCHR and those working in the field of media (broadcast and print media). He stressed that that relationship is integrative in a way aimed to protect human rights, revealing human rights violations, and forming public opinion against them. Al-Aqra’ explained that cooperation with journalists is on top of PCHR’s agenda.
In the same context, Mr. Hussam Nasser, deputy director of the Palestine Network for Press and Media, appreciated PCHR’s efforts in the field of disseminating human rights culture among staff members working in different forms of media. He also appreciated PCHR’s role in defending the freedom of opinion and expression in Palestine. Moreover, Nasser emphasized the distinguished role played by PCHR in defending human rights and prosecuting Israeli war criminals on the international level.
The program of the course covered the following topics: introduction to human rights, International Bill of Human Rights (the International Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convent on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convent on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights), Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, International Criminal Court (ICC), The rule of law and independence of the judiciary, the freedom of opinion and expression in international instruments and international mechanisms to protect Journalists.
The participants explained that the course contributed to raising their awareness of the concepts of human rights, ICC and the international mechanisms to protect journalists. They highlighted that the course included rich topics. They also praised the trainers’ potentials and the various and interactive training methods they used which enriched the course.