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Reflections from the Gaza Strip: the Winter After

The Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, which commenced on 8 July 2014, completely destroyed 8,317 Palestinian houses and left a further 23,616 houses damaged. Additionally, the infrastructure of the Strip, including roads, water, electricity and sewage networks had be...

Khader Adnan: Administratively Detained Yet Again

 Since 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been tried by Israeli military courts in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), constituting about 20% of the total population. Palestinians from the OPT are currently held in a total of four interrogation centers...

Al-Haq Commends Palestinian Accession to the Rome Statute and Submission of Article 12(3) Declaration

Al-Haq welcomes the State of Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 31 December 2014, and the submission of a Declaration that accepts the jurisdiction of the Court for the period since 13 June 2014. Following the signing ...

PHROC commends Palestine on joining the International Criminal Court

On the evening of 31 December 2014, the President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, formally decided to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) heartedly welcome this significant ...

Wednesday, 31 December 2014 07:30

European-Union-011The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) calls on all third States and the State of Palestine to carry out thorough risk assessments before funding or facilitating the development of Master Plans in Area C that require prior Israeli approval. By basing the development of these Master Plans on Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) approval, donors are implicitly recognising Israel’s unlawful planning regime in Area C and risk furthering the associated violations of international law, including the construction and expansion of settlements, the destruction of Palestinian property, the forcible transfer of Palestinian residents, the violation of various human rights obligations and the acquisition of territory through the use of force. 

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 06:22

united-nations-logo-300-169Ahead of the submission of a United Nations Security Council resolution on ending the occupation, the Palestinian Human Rights Organization Council (PHROC) urges the Palestinian leadership to ensure that any proposed resolution is in conformity with international legal standards and will not permit the circumvention of international law in a political settlement .

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Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:45

HumanRightsCouncil-ArchivePhoto300x169On Monday 1 December, Al-Haq will participate in the third annual United Nations (UN) Forum on Business and Human Rights entitled “Advancing Business and Human Rights Globally: Alignment, Adherence and Accountability”. Al-Haq is participating in the forum for a second year. In 2013, Al-Haq attended the Second Annual Business and Human Rights Forum, presenting on Israel’s exploitation of water resources in occupied Palestine.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014 08:10

united-nations-logo-300-169On Wednesday 25 November, Al-Haq delivered an oral statement at the UN 7th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues entitled “Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity crimes targeted against minorities”. 

At the session, Al-Haq highlighted ongoing Israeli violations of international law affecting Palestinian Bedouins, a Palestinian minority community residing within in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in Area C. Al-Haq expressed its grave concern at the ongoing forcible displacement of families within the Bedouin community and the imminent risk of such displacement due to the Israeli discriminatory practices against them, which includes arbitrary house demotions and land expropriation. In this regard, Al-Haq urged the international community to halt any Israeli attempts to forcibly transfer the Bedouin community in Area C and stressed on the right of the Palestinians to self-determination and exercise of sovereignty over their land and natural resources.

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UN Advocacy

PHROC: Palestinian leadership must base any Security Council resolution on international law
Ahead of the submission of a United Nations Security Council resolution on ending the occupation, the Palestinian Human Rights Organization Council (PHROC) urges the Palestinian leadership to ensure t »
Al-Haq’s Intervention at the 7th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues
On Wednesday 25 November, Al-Haq delivered an oral statement at the UN 7th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues entitled “Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity crimes targeted against m »
Al-Haq Attends the Third Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
On Monday 1 December, Al-Haq will participate in the third annual United Nations (UN) Forum on Business and Human Rights entitled “Advancing Business and Human Rights Globally: Alignment, Adherence »
UN Human Rights Committee Highlights the Palestinian Right to Self-Determination and Access to Natural Resources
On 20 October, Israel underwent its fourth periodic review by the UN Human Rights Committee, hereinafter the Committee, which monitors States’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil a »
Al-Haq Attends 27th Session of the Human Rights Council
Today, 22 September, Al-Haq will present an oral statement to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for its 27th session. The statement will be delivered during the General Debate on "Item 7: H »
PHROC Launches an Urgent Appeal Calling for International Intervention on Behalf of Palestinian Civilians in Gaza
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) calls for an urgent intervention on behalf of the international community to protect civilian victims of the Israeli aerial bombardment and g »
Al-Haq Delivers Oral Statement at 26th Session of Human Rights Council under Item 7
Mr. Vice President, Distinguished Members of the Council, Following the recent disappearance of three Israeli settlers, Israel has killed four Palestinians, including one child. A fifth Palestinian r »
Human Rights Council Adopts all Four Resolutions on Palestine
On 28 March, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted all four resolutions relating to Palestine submitted under Item 7, with 46 States voting in favour and only the United States against. The resolutio »

EU Advocacy

PHROC Raises Serious Concerns Regarding the Development of Master Plans Requiring Israeli Approval in Area C of the West Bank
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) calls on all third States and the State of Palestine to carry out thorough risk assessments before funding or facilitating the development of »
Al-Haq Submission to the EU on its 2014 ENP Progress Report on Israel
Introduction In light of the upcoming European Neighbourhood Progress Report on Israel (2014 progress report), Al-Haq would like to draw the attention of the European Union (EU) to Israel’s impleme »
European Union: Is International Law a Universal Right or a Select Privilege?
The following op-ed was published on 28 July 2014 in the EU Observer Last Tuesday, the European Union (EU) Foreign Ministers closed their eyes to the on-going Palestinian civilian casualties and mass »
Human Rights Council Special Session on Palestine: the EU must not repeat past mistakes regarding Israeli military attacks against the Gaza Strip
Baroness Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ambassadors to the EU Political and Security Committee Chair of the Council’s Working Party on Human Rights Chair of t »
PHROC Open Letter regarding the EU’s responsibility to stop Israel’s targeting of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ambassadors of the EU Political and Security Committee   Your Excellencies, On 8 July 2014, the Europ »
PHROC Joint Open Letter to the EU High Representative regarding Collective Punishment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory during Operation Brothers’ Keeper
Baroness Catherine Ashton High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy The European Union   Dear EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, On 12 June 201 »
Israel: Force-feed to Stifle Resistance, the EU must Take Action!
As Israel rushes through a new law allowing force-feeding of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, the EU and the International community, must condemn the proposed law and urge Israel to end admin »
Al-Haq Welcomes Decision by Dutch Company Vitens NV to Terminate its Collaboration with the Israeli National Water Company Mekorot
Today, Al-Haq sent a letter to the Dutch company Vitens NV warmly welcoming its decision to terminate its collaboration with the Israeli national water company Mekorot. Al-Haq particularly commended V »

War On Gaza

Briefing Note VII: Illegal Attacks on Health Facilities and Hospitals
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip   Briefing Note VII: Illegal Attacks on Health Facilities and Hospitals   Intro »
The Hannibal Directive: A Recipe for War Crimes
The Following Op-ed was published on 27 August in the Huffington Post Yesterday, after 50 days of renewed hostilities between Israel and Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip, an open-ended »
Briefing Note VI: Unlawful Attacks against Paramedics and Ambulances and Delays in the Delivery of Aid
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip   Briefing Note VI: Unlawful Attacks against Paramedics and Ambulances and Delays in t »
Briefing Note V: An Unprecedented Mandate for Accountability - The UNHRC Commission of Inquiry into Violations of International Law Committed since 13 June 2014
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip   Briefing Note V: An Unprecedented Mandate for Accountability - The UNHRC Commis »
Briefing Note IV: Unlawful Targeting of Journalists and Media Buildings
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip     Briefing Note IV: Unlawful Targeting of Journalists and Media Buildings &nb »
Briefing Note III: Forcible transfer and Evacuation of Palestinians
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip   Briefing Note III: Forcible transfer and Evacuation of Palestinians INTRODUCTION »
Briefing Note II: The Illegality of Israel’s use of DIME weapons
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series: Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip   Briefing Note II: The Illegality of Israel’s use of DIME weapons    IN »
UNRWA Emergency Shelter Bombed: 13 Civilians Killed and 200 Injured
On 24 July 2014, a shelter run by the United Nations Palestinian Refugees Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian civilians displaced from their homes by continuous and escalating hostilities in the Gaza Strip »
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