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PCHR, Al-Haq and Al-Mezan Organize Joint Workshop Titled: “Shrinking Freedom Space for Civil Society”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), al-Haq Organization and al-Mezan Center for Human Rights organized on Tuesday, 06 August 2019, a joint workshop titled: "Shrinking Freedom Space for Civil Society" in Lighthouse Restaurant in Gaza Sea.  The workshop, which was attended by tens representing Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and experts in the issues of the Palestinian civil society, particularly human rights organizations, discussed policies and measures taken against the CSOs and human rights organizations in Palestine to shrink their freedom space and undermine their work and credibility.   The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Hamdi Shaqourah, PCHR's Deputy Director for Programs'...

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Al-Haq Issues Briefing Paper on Palestinian Sovereignty over East and West Jerusalem

  Al-Haq’s new briefing paper “70 Years On: Palestinians Retain Sovereignty Over East and West Jerusalem” examines Israel’s unlawful annexation of Jerusalem, its continued forcible transfer of Palestinian residents therein, and the failure of the international community to uphold Palestinian rights to the city.   Although the right to self-determination had international recognition following World War I, and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations emphasized safeguarding the “interests of the indigenous population,” Britain’s Palestine Mandate incorporated pledges made to Zionists to allow for Jewish immigration and the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people.” This contradiction and...

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PCHR Expresses Solidarity with Al-Haq Organization in Confronting Defamation and Threats Campaign

Ref: 15/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its solidarity and support with Al-Haq human rights organization, in confrontation of the threats campaign that aim to defame Al-Haq organization and its staff members by unknown sources. PCHR stresses that this campaign is targeting the whole Palestinian human rights' movement that is going through a legal struggle on the international level in order to expose the Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinian people, and prosecute the Israeli war criminals and bring them to justice. In the past days, Al-Haq organization received phone calls from unknown sources, threatening the life of some...

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Al-Haq Under Attack – Staff Member’s Life Threatened

http://www.alhaq.org/advocacy/topics/human-rights-defenders/1026-al-haq-under-attack-staff-members-life-threatened Al-Haq releases the following statement out of a sense of obligation toward one of its staff members whose life has been threatened in recent days. Since its establishment in 1979, Al-Haq has faced various forms of attack and smear campaigns by the Israeli authorities, ranging from the arbitrary detention of staff members and the imposition of travel bans to having its offices raided, as well as Israeli newspaper articles targeting the organisation and its Director.  Those behind the attacks on Al-Haq have also tried to use various forms of pressure to undermine the work of the organisation and convince our partners...

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Al-Haq and PCHR call on ICC Prosecutor to move forward on 2009 Palestinian Declaration

Thursday, 3 October 2013, Al-Haq and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) held a meeting with the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou B. Bensouda, to personally present a legal opinion, prepared in cooperation with Dr. Michael Kearney of the University of Sussex. The opinion provides legal justification for the Prosecutor to move forward on a declaration submitted by the Palestinian leadership in 2009, accepting the jurisdiction of the Court under Article 12 (3) of the Rome Statute. The 2009 declaration can be acted upon by the Prosecutor without the need for any renewed action by the Palestinian leadership. The crux of the argument is that the question of...

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PCHR Congratulates Sha’awan Jabarin, Director of Al-Haq, for having been elected as FIDH’s Vice-President

Ref: 57/2013   On Monday, 27 May 2013, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) held its international bureau elections during its 38th congress, entitled “Human Rights and Democratic Transitions: Experiences and Challenge”, in Istanbul in Turkey from 23 to 27 May 2013.   Mr. Karim Lahidgy, an Iranian lawyer, was elected as the FIDH President succeeding Ms. Suheir Bolhasan.  Mr. Sha’awan Jabarin, Director of al-Haq, the pioneer of the human rights movement in Palestine, was elected as FIDH’s Vice-President.  Mr. ‘Ezz Eddin al-Asbahi, Director of Human Rights Information and Training Centre (HRITC) in Yemen, was also elected for the same position. Aminah Abu ‘Ayyash, a Moroccan human rights activist, was elected as...

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PCHR Condemns Attack by GIS Members on Staff of ‘al-Haq’ in Ramallah

Ref: 76/2010   The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the attack launched on Wednesday, 25 August 2010, by members of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) on staff members of 'al-Haq' organization in Ramallah, while documenting GIS's attempts to stop an assembly organized by Palestinian political factions and civil society organizations in protest a decision by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to participate in direct negotiations with Israel.  PCHR calls upon the government in Ramallah to respect public freedoms and to ensure respect for the work of human rights organizations and to provide protection for their personnel.   According to statements made by 'al-Haq' and according to Wissam Ahmed, 33, Program...

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Al-HAQ: UN Human Rights Committee concludes that Israel violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

UN Human Rights Committee concludes that Israel violates the International Covenant on Civil and Political RightsAL-HAQ PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDATE: 03 AUGUST 2010REF.: 175/2010On 29 July 2010, the Human Rights Committee (the Committee) adopted its Concluding Observations on Israel’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant).The Committee concluded that Israel violates the Covenant with respect to several of the rights enshrined therein, and in particular the obligation to apply the Covenant to the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Despite Israel’s claim, rubber-stamped by the Israeli High Court of Justice, that it is not...

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PCHR, BADIL, Al-Haq, Ittijah, DCI, Adalah, FIDH, joint written submission to the 12 Special Session of the Human Rights Council

GE.09-16627UNITEDNATIONSAGeneral AssemblyDistr.GENERALA/HRC/S-12/NGO/414 October 2009ENGLISH ONLYHUMAN RIGHTS COUNCILTwelfth special session15 - 16 October 2009Agenda item 7HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN PALESTINEAND OTHER OCCUPIED ARAB TERRITORIESJoint written statement* submitted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the BADIL Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, Al-Haq Law inthe Service of Man, Ittijah: Union of Arab Community Based Associations, Defence forChildren International (DCI), Adalah – Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel,the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH), non-governmentalorganizations in special consultative statusThe Secretary-General has received the following written statement which is circulated inaccordance with Economic and Social Council resolution...

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