With the participation of 32 persons, including 17 females, representing activists, lawyers, media workers, and freedom of opinion and expression defenders, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded on Wednesday, 21 May 2017, a training course on the freedom of opinion and expression. The 10-hour course was held in the Light House Restaurant’s hall in Gaza City on 20 and21 September 2017.
The training program included an introduction to human rights, the freedom of opinion and expression in the international conventions, restrictions imposed on the freedom of opinion and expression, the freedom of opinion and expression in the Palestinian laws, and Electronic Crimes Law.
A team of specialized trainers supervised the training sessions. The team included Mohammed Atallah, a trainer at PCHR; Bassam al-Aqra’, Director of PCHR’s Training Unit, and Mohammed Abu Hashem, a legal researcher at PCHR.
At the end of the course, PCHR organized a closing ceremony. Mr. Bassam al-Aqra’, Director of the Training Unit, stressed PCHR’s long term efforts exerted to disseminate the culture of respect for opinion and protection of the right to expression of opinion within a project titled as the Protection of Freedom of Opinion and Expression for Palestinian Journalists and Media Activists in the Gaza Strip, funded by the Canadian Government. Al-Aqra’ added that the relation between PCHR and the participants will not end at the end of the course, and should be strengthened afterwards. He also said that PCHR’s doors will always be open to participants in order to benefit from PCHR’s experience regarding what they have learnt.
The participants praised PCHR’s role in defending the freedom of opinion and expression and disseminating the culture of respect for opinion and expression. They also emphasized that it is important to hold continuously other activities regarding the freedom of opinion and expression, particularly after the Electronic Crimes Law was issued. They added that the course was characterized with its rich topics; its contribution to raising participants’ awareness of human rights; trainers’ efficiency and various and interactive training methods used in the course.”
At the end of the course, all participants received certificates.
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