On Wednesday, 03 June 2015, the Palestinian Center for
Human Rights (PCHR) launched its 2014 annual report. This report is the 18th of
its kind, as PCHR has always published annual reports displaying the human
rights conditions since 1997.
The ceremony of launching the report was attended by a
large number of public figures, including decision makers, politicians and
representatives of human rights, community-based and youthorganizations. The
event was extensively covered by the media.
The ceremony was opened by Dr. Riyadh al-Za’noun,
Chairman of PCHR’s Board of Directors. He welcomed the attendees and then
addressed PCHR’s efforts to monitor and document human rights violations in the
occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Dr. al-Za’noun pointed out that the
annual report is the outcome of PCHR’s work in 2014, especially during the
latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. He appreciated efforts of PCHR’s
staff members and fieldworkers who did their very best in circumstances that
posed real dangers, especially during the offensive.
Dr. al-Za’noun drew attention that the report covered
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in the oPt,
including Jerusalem, in 2014. He added that the Israeli offensive on the Gaza
Strip was a prominent feature of the report, which addressed also violations
relevant to settlement activities and expansion, the serious impact of the
Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip and the annexation wall and its
devastating impact on the Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. Dr.
al-Za’noun indicated that the report further addressed human rights violations
committed by the Palestinian Authority in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Lawyer Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, highlighted the
serious human rights violations committed by Israeli forces against the
Palestinian people, particularly during the Israeli offensive and its material
and moral consequences under which civilians have lived, especially in view of
the delayed reconstruction process of Gaza.
Sourani attributed the ongoing commission of crimes by
Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians to the impunity enjoyed by Israel,
created by the international community by keeping silent, failing to put an end
to Israeli crimes and lack of serious steps to prosecute Israeli war criminals.
He pointed that this current state of impunity will encourage Israel to commit
Sourani stressed that the international community,
especially human rights organizations, have made efforts at the international
level with the United Nations bodies and International Criminal Court (ICC) to
ensure prosecuting Israeli war criminals and ending the Israeli-imposed closure
on the Gaza Strip.
Moreover, Sourani talked about efforts by human rights
organizations, especially in preparing for the delivery of Palestinian victims’
files and other Israeli crimes’ files, especially those related to settlement
activities, to the ICC to prosecute Israeli war criminals.
At the end of the ceremony, discussion was allowed, and
the attendants praised PCHR’s efforts to help civilians obtain all their
It should be noted that hard and soft copies of the
report attached by a summary (in Arabic) were distributed to the attendees.
Furthermore, the report is in the translation process after which it will be
published in English soon at the international level.