The ICJ urges the Security Council to take concrete measuresto ensure accountability for human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law committed by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Palestinian armed groups during Operation Cast Lead, December 2008 - January 2009. Israeli investigations have failed to meet international standards of effectiveness, independence and impartiality. The Hamas administration in Gaza has also failed to provide any concrete evidence of investigating violations committed by Palestinian armed groups during this period.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged the UN Human Rights Council as it opened its 12th session in Geneva on 14 September 2009 to establish a new expert mandate to improve protection of human rights of individuals in armed conflicts and generally in any crisis situations. The ICJ requested the Council to harness protection of judges and lawyers from violence and intimidation inflicted on them for their professional functions.
This report of the Eminent Jurists Panel, based on one of the most comprehensive surveys on counter-terrorism and human rights to date, illustrates the extent to which the responses to the events of 11 September 2001 have changed the legal landscape in countries around the world.
Terrorism sows terror, and many States have fallen into a trap set by the terrorists.
Paris, Copenhaguen, Geneva, January 16 2009 - In light of the ongoing violence and the grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in the context of the operation « Cast Lead », the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) will deploy a joint mission in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Egypt, from January 17th to 20th, 2009.
The mission will be composed of prominent and renowned human rights defenders and activists from European …
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today concluded its second high-level mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). ICJ Commissioners Professor Pedro Nikken and Professor Rajeev Dhavan led the mission. In the West Bank, they met with senior Palestinian officials, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Issa Abu Sharar, the Public Prosecutor, Mr. Ahmed Maghni, and representatives of local NGOs and the legal community.
Members of the Eminent Jurists Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights concluded their visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories today. The Panel, an independent group of eight jurists appointed by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), is conducting a global inquiry on the impact of terrorism and counter-terrorism measures on the rule of law, human rights and humanitarian law.
The ICJ is extremely concerned by the destruction of infrastructure and collective punishments carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip, and by the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier last Sunday by Palestinian armed groups. Such acts can amount to war crimes for which individuals can be held criminally responsible.
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) today called on the Knesset to repeal a law that prevents Palestinians from the Occupied Territories being united with their Israeli spouses after a small majority of judges (6-5) upheld the law on 14 May.
Attherequestofthechildrenrights'organizationDefenceforChildren International,PalestineSection (DCI- PS), the Swedish section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) appointed us asdelegates/trial observers in the West Bank.