The Sun Belongs to Everyone: Israeli Demolitions nad Confiscations of Solar Panel Aid Projects in Area C of the West Bank

Al-Haq’s latest report, ‘The Sun Belongs to Everyone: Israeli Demolitions nad Confiscations of Solar Panel Aid Projects in Area C of the West Bank’ examines Israel's discriminatory dismantling of Palestine's solar energy in the West Bank and the human rights violations...

Continued Targeting and Killing of Palestinian Fishermen in the Gaza Strip

On 25 February 2018, at approximately 4:00 pm, Israeli gunboats opened fire at a fishing boat in which three Palestinian fishermen, Ismail Saleh Abu Ryalah, 18, and Ahed Hassan Abu Ali, 24, and Mahmoud Adel Abu Ryalah, 18, were sleeping after finishing their night shif...

Israel’s Occupation Threatens Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem

On 25 February 2018, the Patriarchs and Heads of Local Churches in Jerusalem announced the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem as a measure of protest against Israel’s deliberate violation of the status quo and its systematic campaign of targeting ...

Position Paper: Palestinian Civil Society Calls on the High Judicial Council to Respect Judges Right to Freedom of Expression

Palestinian civil society recently convened to discuss the deteriorating conditions in the Palestinian judiciary, as well as the recent decision by the High Judicial Council (the Council hereinafter) to refer Judge ‘Izzat Al-Ramini, member of the High Court, for interr...

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:52

On 7 March 2018, the Israeli Parliament passed a new amendment to the Israeli Counterterrorism Law (Amendment No. 3 2018), granting Israeli police the power to withhold the bodies of Palestinians killed by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF). The Law imposes conditions on families of the deceased as regards to the burial of the bodies, limiting the size of the funeral, location, timing, and attendees.[1] The newly adopted Law is applicable to Palestinian citizens in Israel and Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem,[2] and pertains to the authority to the Israeli police rather than the Israeli army, yet the practice of withholding corpses is also exercised by the Israeli army against Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 14:51

Al-Haq is seriously concerned over the recent decision of the Council of Ministers, upon the abiding recommendations of ministries and heads of government bodies, to refer civil servants to early retirement, especially those who have been forced into early retirement in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoHE), the Ministry of Health as well as in other ministries. The decision is based on the Law by Decree No. 17 of 2017 on early retirement for civil servants. The implementation of the decision violates the basic rights and human dignity of these employees and lacks any objective and transparent foundation and criteria.

Thursday, 08 March 2018 22:54

On 7 March 2018, the Israeli Parliament passed an amendment to the Entry into Israel Law which allows the Israeli Minister of Interior to revoke the permanent residency status from Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, who the Minister deems have ‘breached allegiance’ to Israel.1 Residency revocation has long been used by Israel as a tool to forcibly transfer Palestinians from East Jerusalem, an occupied territory under international law, to reduce and eliminate Palestinian presence therein and to alter demographic facts on the ground. Since 1967, Israel created and consistently expanded the criteria for revoking the residency status of Palestinians from Jerusalem, of whom at least 14,500 had their residency revoked to date.2

Monday, 05 March 2018 09:58

The UN General Assembly 1947 Partition Resolution (181), which was rejected both by the Palestinians and Arab States recommended granting Jerusalem a special international status under the administrative authority of the United Nations. Following the Nakba in 1948, a state of Israel was declared, extending its sovereignty beyond the borders designated by the UN partition resolution and including parts of Jerusalem, currently described as West Jerusalem, whereas the remaining eastern part of the City, was annexed by Jordan, officially in 1950.[1] In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank including East Jerusalem and then annexed the remaining part of Jerusalem through unilateral action and Israeli laws.[2]


UN Advocacy

Joint Open Letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights
On 22 February 2018, 33 international, regional and Palestinian organisations sent a letter to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, welcoming the report of the Office »
Palestinian Organizations Support Release of UN Database Report and Call for Third State Action to End Corporate Complicity in Occupation
In March 2018, during the 37th Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is expected to present a report under Human Rights C »
Al-Haq Welcomes Member States’ Recommendations during Israel’s 3rd UPR and Calls for Action and Immediate Implementation
On 23 January 2018, Israel underwent its 3rd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UPR is a process providing for the periodic review of UN Member States’ human »
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 »

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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