Al-Haq Calls on Authorities to Clarify Position on the Issue of Wiretapping

Al-Haq is concerned with the recent media reports on the wiretapping and dissemination of individuals’ phone calls. Al-Haq considers that should the aforementioned be proven,it would constitute a grave violation of the right to privacy, guaranteed by the Palestinian Ba...

Settler Violence Escalates as Large Settler Mobs Attack Palestinian Civilians

Over the past week, Al-Haq has monitored and documented an increased number of incidents of settler violence against Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank. The attacks include throwing stones at Palestinians, their homes and cars, raiding villages a...

Recent Bills: Israel Seeks to Expand the Scope of the Death Penalty for Palestinians and to Illegally Annex West Bank Settlements

Death Penalty Amendment On 3 January 2018, the Israeli Parliament voted in favour of a preliminary reading on a bill to amend Penal Law 5737-1977 expanding the competences of domestic courts in Israel to impose a death sentence for convictions of murder ‘in an act of ...

Excessive Use of Force and Arrests during IOF Raids

Over the past week, Al-Haq monitored and documented numerous raids and arrests carried out by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) across the occupied West Bank, including in Toulkarem, Bethlehem, Qalqiliya, and Nablus. For example, on 1 January 2017, between 1:00 and 5:...

Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:23

Having reviewed the 2017 Law by Decree on the High Criminal Court (hereinafter Law by Decree), which was approved by the President on 30 December 2017, it is clear that it was the same draft, which had been referred by the Council of Ministers to the President in its Session No. 130/17 of 13 December 2016. Just like the Law by Decree approved by the President, the draft was not subject to public consultation. This reflects the Executive Authority’s insistence on monopolising the legislative process, without public review. Given its continued inaction, it is clear that the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) does not exercise its law-making function and oversight of the Executive’s performance.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 11:38

With the support of the Israeli government,1 Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, actively blur the internationally recognized Green Line between the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) and Israel in an attempt to normalize their illegal presence in the occupied territory. In recent years, the Israeli Government and settler councils have developed strategies to combat measures, including labeling requirements, the 2015 European Commission’s “interpretative notice on the indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israeli since June 1967”,2 and boycott campaigns, all of which challenge Israel’s unlawful settlement enterprise.

Friday, 05 January 2018 13:10

Escalations have continued across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) since 6 December 2017, in the wake of United States (US) President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem, in contravention of international law and long-standing international consensus on the status of Jerusalem. Throughout the month of December 2017, 13 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) in the OPT, while 4,690 injuries were recorded in the same period by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

Thursday, 28 December 2017 12:31

MK Oren Hazan with an Israeli right-wing group assaulted Palestinian Families on their way to Visit their Relatives at Nafha Prison On Monday, 25 December 2017, Israeli right-wing Likud Member of Knesset (MK) Oren Hazan assaulted a bus transporting families of Palestinian political prisoners from Gaza to Nafha Prison, beyond the Green Line, to visit their detained relatives. Together with a group of right-wing Israelis, MK Hazan blocked the entrance to Nafha Prison, boarded the bus and verbally assaulted and harassed the Palestinian families, most of whom were women and elderly men.


UN Advocacy

Al-Haq Participates in the UPR Pre-Sessions in Geneva
On 13 December 2017, Al-Haq participated in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pre-sessions ahead of the 29th UPR Working Group session on Israel in January 2018. The Pre-sessions offer Civil Societ »
Al-Haq Participates in 6th Annual UN Business & Human Rights Forum
Al-Haq attended the 6th annual United Nations Business and Human Rights Forum on “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy” which took place on 27– 29 Nov 2017. »
Joint NGO Statement in Support of the UN Human Rights Database on Business Activities related to Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
In December 2017, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is expected to launch a Database that lists corporate actors that have directly or indirectly enabled, facilitated and p »
Business and Human Rights Resource Center Al-Haq Response to HeidelbergCement
Al-Haq kindly accepts the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s invitation to respond to HeidelbergCement’s response to the Electronic Intifada article. The article highlighted Heidelb »

EU Advocacy

Convening an EU-Israel Association Council now risks rewarding violations of international law
On 7 February 2017, EuroMed Rights sent a letter and submission to the EU and the 28 Ministers of Foreign Affairs warning against the risks of convening an EU-Israel Association Council and further de »
Al-Haq welcomes France’s move to label settlement products, but calls for stronger action
On November 24, 2016 France issued a notice regarding the labeling of products from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the occupied Golan Heights. The notice comes ove »
Palestinian Civil Society Meets European Union Parliament Delegation to Discuss Human Rights Situation in the OPT
On 10 February 2016, Palestinian civil society organisations (Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Defence for Children International - »
Strengthening the European Union’s involvement at the United Nations Human Rights Council: Standing Agenda Item 7
The Human Rights Council (Council) has included Item 7, entitled “the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”, in its agenda since its creation in 2006. The agenda »

ICC Advocacy

“Four Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Submit File to the ICC Prosecutor: Israel is Unable and Unwilling to Conduct Genuine Investigations and Prosecutions”
New York – Four Palestinian human rights organizations: The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Al Dameer Association for Human Rights and Al Haq, submitted their »
Palästinensische Menschenrechtsorganisationen legen dem IStGH Ankläger Beweise für im Westjordanland begangene Verbrechen vor
Den Haag, 20. September 2017: Heute haben vier palästinensische Menschenrechtsorganisationen dem Staatsanwalt des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs ihre vierte substanzielle Mitteilung vorgeleg »
Les organisations des droits humains palestiniennes présentent des preuves à la Procureure de la Cour pénale internationale sur des crimes commis en Cisjordanie
La Haye, 20 septembre 2017: Aujourd'hui, quatre organisations palestiniennes de défense des droits humains ont soumis leur quatrième communication à la Procureure de la Cour pénale internationale »
Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit Evidence to the ICC Prosecutor on Crimes Committed in West Bank
The Hague, 20 September 2017: Today, four Palestinian human rights organisations submitted their fourth substantive communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, alleging that »

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