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In light of 2 Death Sentences Issued against 2 Civilians before Military Court in Gaza,

Ref: 68/2015 PCHR Concerned over Increasing Number of Death Sentences and Calls for Presidential Decree to Abolish it On Sunday, 18 October 2015, the Military Court in Gaza issued two death sentences against two brothers identified as R. H. 'A, a fugitive from Justice, and A. H. 'A, who is detained in Gaza Central Prison. Both of them are civilians from Khan Younis and were convicted of collaboration with the Israeli forces. PCHR is gravely concerned over increasingly applying such irreversible penalties in light of the absence of real guarantees to achieve justice, especially in view of bringing civilians before military courts in clear...

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In light of 2 Death Sentences Issued against 2 Civilians before Military Court in Gaza,

Ref: 68/2015 PCHR Concerned over Increasing Number of Death Sentences and Calls for Presidential Decree to Abolish it On Sunday, 18 October 2015, the Military Court in Gaza issued two death sentences against two brothers identified as R. H. 'A, a fugitive from Justice, and A. H. 'A, who is detained in Gaza Central Prison.  Both of them are civilians from Khan Younis and were convicted of collaboration with the Israeli forces. PCHR is gravely concerned over increasingly applying such irreversible penalties in light of the absence of real guarantees to achieve justice, especially in view of bringing civilians before military courts in...

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PCHR Organizes Workshop on Death Penalty and Fair Trial Guarantees in Palestine

Ref: 53/2015 On Sunday, 11 October 2015, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a workshop on "Death Penalty and Fair Trial Guarantees in Palestine" in Lighthouse Restaurant in Gaza City. Legal experts, representatives of civil society organizations and political factions attended the workshop. Major Rami 'Ashour from the military judiciary, talked about the Palestinian Authority's (PA) commitment to the judicial guarantees and measures in case a death sentence issued by the military courts. He divided the guarantees into two sections: The first section was about the guarantees of investigation, inquiry and trial before military courts. He addressed these guarantees in general...

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New Death Sentence Issued in Gaza

Ref: 54/2015 In light of a new death sentence issued in the Gaza Strip, which is the fifth of its kind in 2015 in the Palestinian Authority (PA) controlled areas, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reiterates its call for the abolishment of death penalty in the PA controlled areas.  On Monday, 24 August 2015, the Permanent Military Court in Gaza City, acting as a court of First Instance,  sentenced N. 'A. A. (37), from al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City, to death by firing squad after convicting him of collaboration with a foreign hostile entity in violation of Article (131) of...

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Position Paper: Death Penalty under the Palestinian National Authority

Introduction  The death penalty is one of the most outstanding issues that have the attention of human rights defenders and international legal and human rights organizations. It violates one of the fundamental human rights, which is the cornerstone of other rights, that is the right to life, and constitutes the most severe degree of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment. Consequently, article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[1]prohibits the use of the death penalty and emphasizes that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” This right, as prescribed by article 5 of the Declaration, includes that “no...

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