Ref: 49/2014

 

On Wednesday, 10 December 2014, the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop, in cooperation
with the Palestinian Trainers Union. for civil society activists on death
penalty and extra-judicial executions in the Palestinian Authority (PA). The
workshop was held in the union’s office in Gaza City and was attended by 19
persons, including 12 females. The attendants discussed opinions and
perspectives on death penalty and the need to abolish it.

 

The workshop addressed a number of
topics, the most prominent of which were: the death penalty in international
and domestic laws, guarantees for the application of the death penalty under
international and domestic standards, controversy over the abolishment of death
penalty, and PCHR’s legal and objective justifications for rejecting the
application of the death penalty in Palestine. Moreover, the workshop tackled the
application of extra-judicial executions under the pretext of collaboration
with Israeli forces and how it negatively affects the security, safety and the
rule of law in the society.

 

This workshop was organized in the
context of PCHR’s efforts to abolish the death penalty and put an end to
extra-judicial executions. PCHR mainly targets community-based organizations
and civil society activists to promote civil society’s contribution to the
respect of human right and to create a new generation of human rights
defenders.

 

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