Human rights organizations are following up with utmost concern the developments related to the work of the International Independent Commission of Inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the latest offensive launched by Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip. The organizations condemn the ban imposed by Israel, the occupying power, on the Mission's access to the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), especially the Gaza Strip – the scene of the crime.
The undersigned human rights organizations strongly condemn the Israeli Supreme Court’s reply to a petition filed by human rights organizations to prevent the Israeli military from using white phosphorous in built-up areas. They believe that the court’s decision leaves the door open for continuing the use of white phosphorous in built-up areas in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), extremely endangering the lives of the civilian population.
On this World Refugee Day, we, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council, call on the international community of states and multilateral agencies to close the protection gaps exacerbating the plight of Palestinian refugees. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the term protection gap refers to the differences between what refugees are entitled to in accordance with international refugee and human rights law, and what the reality is on the ground.
This update is issued by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as coordinator of the Protection Cluster in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). It has been jointly prepared by members of the Protection Cluster Working Group in the Gaza Strip, including: UNICEF, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, UNESCO, UN Mine Action Team (UNMAT) and the Emergency Water and Sanitation Hygiene Group (EWASH).
Date: 16 March 2011
Joint Press Release
In the evening hours of Tuesday, 15 March 2011, Gaza's police and security apparatus members forcibly dispersed protestors who were staging a sit-in at Al Kateeba square in Gaza City. Police members, who were also on motorcycles indiscriminately used batons to disperse the protestors. Women, children, young men, journalists, lawyers, and doctors were all participating in the sit-in. According to information available to Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Al Dameer Association for Human Rights, dozens of persons were injured.
In view of the upcoming EU-Israel Association Council scheduled for 21 February 2011 we, the undersigned Palestinian human rights organisations committed to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), would like to express our grave concerns about the continuous deterioration of the human rights situation. In particular, we are alarmed by Israel's protracted policies aimed at entrenching the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem
Joint Open Letter to the Member States of the General Assembly for the Effective Implementation of the UN Fact-Finding Mission's Report on the Gaza Conflict
Dear Member States of the General Assembly,
As Palestinian human rights organisations dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), we are deeply concerned with the failure of the UN-process initiated by the report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict.
The report, endorsed by the General Assembly in November 2009, set out a clear timeline of six months …
Gaza / on Monday, 5 July 2010, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights in cooperation with PNGO Network in the Gaza Strip launched a website in Arabic and English versions on the right of freedom of association as part of the EU funded project entitled " Contributing Respect, Protection, and Promotion of the Rights of Freedom of Association in the Strip."
The website will work through a special link from the website of PNGO Network http://www.pngoportal.org/rpra/arabic The …
To: The distinguished representatives of OECD Member States
It has been brought to our attention that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) may allow for the successful accession of the State of Israel to the organisation. The undersigned organisations, which are members of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations, wish urgently to direct your attention to the grave human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and to the possible negative consequences that Israel's accession to the OECD would have for …
- The UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza
Conflict (the Mission), determined that Israel and Palestinian armed groups
committed serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian
law and possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. The UN called
on both parties to take all steps to launch appropriate independent investigations
in conformity with international standards. In resolution S-12/1, the HRC
also stressed the urgent need to ensure accountability for all violations
of international law to prevent further violations.
On 10 December, the world observes the 61st International Human Rights Day, commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly. This year, International Human Rights Day will focus on non-discrimination, a right enshrined in, inter alia, Article 1 of the UDHR:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Today, 7 December 2009, the Gaza Government police prevented Palestinian travelers from accessing Erez Crossing Point, which links the Gaza Strip with Israel at the northern border of Gaza, and asked them to obtain permission from the 'Travelers Office' at the Ministry of Interior and the 'National Security' apparatus in order for them to be allowed to leave the Gaza Strip.
This measure has followed an online announcement released by the Ministry of Interior in Gaza and the 'National Security' apparatus, informing the public of opening a 'Travelers …
Assistant Secretary Michael Posner
US State Department
On behalf of the Palestinian and Israeli human rights community, we would like to take the opportunity to extend our gratitude and to thank you sincerely for your General Assembly vote supporting Resolution A/RES/64/10 of 5 November 2009 on the Followup to the report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report).
Since the initiation of Operation Cast Lead in December 2008 we have consistently advocated for justice for the victims by calling upon the international community to implement the obligations set forth in international …
Al Mezan and Al-Dameer Condemn Restricting Freedoms and Free Expression; Call on Gaza Government to Respect the Law and to Protect Freedoms
Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights and Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights condemn the serious infringements on public freedoms and the illegal arrests and intimidation by the security forces in the Gaza Strip.
On 1 October 2009, the UN Human Rights Council decided to defer consideration of the report issued by the UN Fact Finding Mission investigating last winter's Israeli aggression into Gaza until March 2010. This decision represented a failure of the international framework for the protection of human rights, and a blow to the victims of violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.
Adalah * Addameer * Al-Dameer * Al-Haq * Al-Mezan * Arab Human Rights Association * DCI-Palestine* ENSAN * Jerusalem Civic Coalition * Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre* Ramallah Centre for Human Rights Studies * Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling * Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
As Palestinian human rights organizations, we welcome the report by the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (the Fact Finding Mission), released on 15 September 2009 and emphasize the importance of the recommendations of the report for the restoration of justice …
On Saturday 18 July 2009, Al Dameer Association for Human rights concluded a training course entitled "Children Participation" organized in collaboration with Save the Children- Sweden (SCS-Sweden).
This training course was organized in the context of implementing the activities of the project funded by the European Union that contributes to the respect, protection and promotion of children's rights through enabling children to claim and protect their rights, and empowering civil society to promote and respect children's rights.
Representatives from Isaad Al …