Ref: 25/2015


On Wednesday, 27
May 2015, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop
on the death penalty and extra-judicial execution in the Palestinian Authority
in cooperation with the Earth and Human Center for Research and Studies in Gaza
City. The workshop targeted a group of activists from the aforementioned Center
and was attended by 22 persons, including 4 women. The participants discussed
opinions and perspectives related to the death penalty and the need to abolish

The workshop
addressed a number of topics, the most prominent of which were: the death
penalty in domestic and international laws; guarantees of the application of
the death penalty under domestic and international standards; controversy over
the abolishment of the death penalty; and the legal and objective
justifications for PCHR’s rejection for the death penalty in Palestine.
Moreover, the workshop addressed the application of extra-judicial executions
for suspicions of collaboration with Israeli forces and how they pose threats
to the safety and security of the Palestinian society and the rule of law. Mohammed
Abu Hashem, a legal and human rights researcher at PCHR, facilitated the

This workshop
is part of PCHR’s efforts to abolish the death penalty and end the phenomenon
of extra-judicial execution in addition to mobilizing the public opinion in
order to pressurize the Palestinian Presidents to sign
 the Second
Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

PCHR usually
cooperate with the grassroots associations for their important role in building
the society’s culture. PCHR aims to raise awareness of and disseminate the
culture of human rights.

It should be
noted that this workshop is part of a project implemented by PCHR in
cooperation with the Representative Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
to the Palestinian Authority.