Al-Haq Welcomes Historic Adoption by Irish Senate of Occupied Territories Bill 2018

On 5 December 2018, the Irish Seanad (upper house) passed the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018. The Occupied Territories Bill 2018 aims to ban the importation of goods originating from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian ...

Al-Haq Welcomes Chilean Parliament Resolution Calling on the Government to Review Treaties with Israel

Al-Haq welcomes the resolution passed by the Chilean Parliament (with 99 votes in favour, seven against, and 31 abstentions) on Tuesday, 27 November 2018, calling upon the Chilean Government to review all agreements with Israel. The draft resolution requests the Chilean...

Al-Haq Thanks Irish Senators for Voting in Solidarity with the Palestinian People and Urges Continued Support for the Occupied Territories Bill, 2018

On Wednesday, 28 November 2018, on the eve of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Irish Seanad voted overwhelmingly by 30 votes for and 13 votes against, in favour of adopting the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill ...

Al-Haq Presents on Ireland’s Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill, 2018, to Prohibit the Import of Settlement Products and Services to Ireland and Urges Support of all Parties on 28 November

On 19 November 2018, Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil TD[1]  alongside Senator Frances Black, Conor O’Neill (SeanadCEG), Gerry Liston (Sadaka), and Susan Power (Al-Haq), presented on a panel entitled, “What We Saw in Palestine” at the South Court National Hotel, Limeri...

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:17 Reporting period: 11-14 December 2018

Photo of the vehicle Omar Awwad was driving when he was shot by the IOF on 11 December 2018 (c) Al-Haq.

During the reporting period of 11 to 14 December 2018, the IOF killed six Palestinian civilians, including a child, in the OPT, arbitrarily depriving them of their right to life. Al-Haq notes that this figure does not include Saleh Barghouthi, given that no proof of his fate or whereabouts has been provided by the IOF since his enforced disappearance on 12 December 2018. The cases presented in this special focus illustrate the IOF’s persistent resort to excessive and disproportionate lethal force against Palestinian civilians, through the use of live ammunition, amongst other lethal and non-lethal weapons. Such conduct violates the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, which states that “law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty.”[1]

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:17

Factsheet: Israel’s “Jewish Nation-State Law” and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

On 18 July 2018, the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) passed the “Jewish Nation-State Law.” The Law disregards the rights of indigenous Palestinian citizens of Israel, which currently constitute nearly 20% of the population, and cements their status as second-class citizens. Equally important is the extension of the policies and objectives found in the Law to Israel’s administration of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). This contradicts Israel’s obligations as Occupying Power to not extend its own domestic legislation to the OPT, and imperils the most basic rights of Palestinians. This factsheet examines some provisions of the Law, in light of international law and the historical and current day reality of Palestinians.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:13 By: Dr. Isam Abdeen

Al-Haq’s Comments on the Justice Sector Development Committee’s Report and Draft Law by Decree Amending the Judicial Authority Law

Al-Haq follows with concern recent developments in the justice sector. A Draft Law by Decree Amending the Judicial Authority Law No. 1 of 2002 has been in circulation. A report issued by the Justice Sector Development Committee was also published on 28 November 2018 in conjunction with the circulated Draft Law by Decree. Both developments have a bearing on judicial independence and the justice sector.

Wednesday, 02 January 2019 15:13 By: Dr. Isam Abdeen

Al-Haq’s Comments on the Law by Decree on Social Security and its Complementary Regulations and InstructionsExecutive Summary

  1. Social security is a fundamental human right, enshrined in Article 22 of the Palestinian Amended Basic Law. Article 10 of the Basic Law emphasises that basic human rights are binding and shall be respected. The right to social security is also safeguarded by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), which the State of Palestine acceded to without reservations. Article 9 of the Covenant provides that “[t]he States Parties to the present Covenant recognise the right of everyone to social security, including social insurance.” The State of Palestine is bound to realise this right on legislative, policy and practical levels. In this vein, the State of Palestine needs to demonstrate the “progress achieved” in the forthcoming discussion of the initial report it will submit under articles 16 and 17 of the ICESCR to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

UN Advocacy

100 Palestinian, Regional and International Organisations Call on High Commissioner for Human Rights to Publish the UN Database on Business Enterprises with Activities Related to Israeli Settlements in the OPT
On Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 100 Palestinian, regional, and international organisations sent a joint open letter to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning the UN Databa »
Press Release: Al-Haq Presents at Seminar on the Protection of the Environment during Armed Conflict, United Nations, New York
On Thursday, 18 October 2018, Al-Haq presented a paper on “Corporate Accountability for Natural Resource Exploitation in the Draft Principles on the Protection of the Environment during Occupation »
Press Release: Al-Haq Participates in the First Negotiations Since the Release of Zero Draft Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights
Between 14 – 19 October 2018, Al-Haq, along with representatives of hundreds of civil society organisations from around the world, participated in the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmen »
Joint briefing paper: Strengthening the International Law Commission’s draft principles on environmental protection in situations of occupation October 2018
Introduction Our organisations welcome the efforts of the Commission and its Special Rapporteur to address environmental protection in situations of occupation as part of its ongoing study into the P »

EU Advocacy

Three reasons why the European Union should support the United Nations Database on businesses activities related to Israeli settlements
JOINT NGO POSITION PAPER The undersigned human rights organisations stress the utmost importance of European Union (EU) and Member States supporting the United Nations (UN) Database on businesses ope »
Joint letter from civil society organisations urging for the immediate lifting of Gaza blockade
EuroMed Rights, together with 22 International, European, Israeli and Palestinian human rights and development organisations, sent a joint letter yesterday to call on the European Union to urge Israe »
Brief in Support of Unilateral Action by a European Union Member State to Prohibit the Importation of Israeli Settlement Goods
In light of 70 years of the ongoing Nakba, 51 years of occupation, and rapid acceleration of Israel's unlawful settler colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory, Al-Haq calls on Membe »
Al-Haq Sends A Letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Regarding the EU Response to the Mass Killings in the Occupied Gaza Strip
On 15 May 2018, Al-Haq sent a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, to provide information on the »

ICC Advocacy

Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit File to ICC Prosecutor: Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources
Today, on 26 October 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli offic »
Al-Haq Reaffirms its Support of the ICC and Condemns Attempts to Infringe on its Independence and Punish the PLO
On 10 September 2018, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton, in an address to the Federalist Society on “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International »
Dear Madam Prosecutor, Today, on 17 September 2018,  25 civil society organisations including coalitions urge you to urgently open an investigation into the Situation in Palestine. The Interna »
ICC Chamber Orders Outreach To Palestinian Victims and Affected Communities
On 13 July 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued a public decision ordering the Registry “to establish, as soon as practicable, a system of public information and o »

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