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Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit Second Communication to the International Criminal Court on Israeli War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity Perpetrated in Rafah in August 2014

Today, four Palestinian human rights organisations whose mandate it is to pursue justice and accountability, delivered a communication pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Al Mezan Centre for Hum...

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 - Palestine, and Al-Haq) met with the European Union Parliament Delegati...

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) statement on BDS movement

For decades, Israel has failed to uphold its duties as Occupying Power and has instead deepened its occupation and regime of colonialism and apartheid. Human rights violations rising to the level of international crimes, including unlawful killings, torture, forced tran...

PHROC's Commentary on the Higher Media Council

The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) is dismayed with the executive authority’s decision not to publish the Decision by Law 2015 regarding the Higher Media Council in the public newspaper. The law was ratified on 15 December 2015 by the Council of ...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:08

europa-eu-logoThe 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 item was similarly included on the agenda of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission - a predecessor to the Council.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:24

clashes-review-in-2015In 2015, Israel’s intentions towards the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the Palestinian population were made clear through the unabashed extreme rhetoric of government officials and a deepening of various practices that violate Palestinian rights.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 12:56

BZU.2016In the early morning of 11 January 2015, approximately 100 members of the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) raided the Bir Zeit University campus. The IOF broke the locks to the main gates, searched, damaged property, and confiscated Palestinian flags, posters, CDs, and other items, from the student complex and the Student Council. This is not the first time that the University’s campus has been attacked by the IOF, nor is it unique to Bir Zeit. The closure of several educational institutions, arrest of students, and continuous attacks against Palestinian universities confirm Israel's intent to weaken and dismantle education in Palestine.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:47 Ref Number: 128/2015

Special-Focus-on-Palestinian-ChildrenIn July of this year, eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsha was torched to death in an Israeli settler arson attack against his home near Nablus. Not long after, his parents died due to injuries they sustained from the same attack. Ali’s four-year-old brother and the only survivor from the attack, Ahmad, remains in hospital until today and suffers from severe burns.

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UN Advocacy

Al-Haq Presents at the Fourth Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights 2015
A team from Al-Haq attended and delivered papers at the Fourth Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, at the Palais des Nations Geneva. The annual Forum on Business and Human Rights presents an im »
Al-Haq’s Oral Statement at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council
On Monday 28 September 2015, Al-Haq delivered an oral statement at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council during the General Debate on “Item 7: the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and othe »
Unanimous EU support: Unprecedented Human Rights Council Resolution on Accountability calling for Cooperation with ICC
On 3 July 2015, the Human Rights Council adopted an unprecedented resolution with unanimous support from the EU calling on Israel and Palestine to "cooperate fully with the preliminary examination of »
Al-Haq meets the UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT in Amman, Jordan
On 12 June 2015, Al-Haq met with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (SR) in Amman, Jordan. In briefing the SR, Al-Haq provided t »
Human Rights Council's 28th Session: Palestinian Civil Society Organisations Call on all Member States of the Council to fully engage in Agenda Item 7
Today, 27 March, the Human Rights Council adopted three resolutions concerning the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) with a large majority of the Council member states voting in favour. The EU unan »
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 »

EU Advocacy

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 »
PHROC Welcomes EU Labelling of Settlement Products as a First Step Towards a Ban
It has long been known that Israel intentionally mislabels products originating from its illegal settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Israel has misled European consumers i »
EU at a Cross-Roads: Ensure an End to Violence by Ensuring an End to Occupation and its Unlawful policies and practices
Dear Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ahead of the convening of the Foreign Affairs Council that will take place on 16 and 17 November 2015, FIDH and its member Al-Haq would like to draw your attention to »
Re. The Export of Dutch Service Dogs to Israel
H.E. Foreign Minister Koenders H.E. Trade and Cooperation Minister Ploumen                      »
Re. Dutch-Palestinian Bilateral Cooperation Forum
H.E Prime Minister Mark Rutte  H.E Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen H.E Foreign Minister Bert Koenders   Kingdom of the Netherlands P.O. Box 20001 2500 EA The Hague& »
A Deafening Silence: EU must address escalation of violence against Palestinians
On 5 October 2015, the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) shot dead 13-year old Palestinian boy Abdel Rahman Abdallah near Bethlehem. Abdel’s death came in the wake of Israel’s killing of Hutheifa Sul »
17 April: Palestinian Prisoners Day, Marks Increase in Torture, Ill treatment and Administrative Detention
On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners Day, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) express their concern over the worsening conditions of »

Field Updates 2015

Special Focus: A Review of the Situation in the OPT in 2015
In 2015, Israel’s intentions towards the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the Palestinian population were made clear through the unabashed extreme rhetoric of government officials and a deep »
Special Focus on Palestinian Children: Targeting Palestine through its Future
In July of this year, eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsha was torched to death in an Israeli settler arson attack against his home near Nablus. Not long after, his parents died due to injuries they sustai »
East Jerusalem: Exploiting Instability to Deepen the Occupation
Since Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem following its occupation in 1967, Israel has implemented a comprehensive policy to deepen its control over the city by weakening Palestinian prese »
Special Focus: Palestinian Universities Subject to IOF Attacks
Since October 2015, the recent escalation in violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) has led to the killing of 92 Palestinians and the injury of thousands of others by the Israeli Occupyi »
Special Focus on Hebron: A Microcosm of the Israeli Occupation
Throughout the occupation, Israel has used security concerns as a pretext to fragment and further its control over Palestinian Territory. Since the beginning of October 2015, Israel has escalated its »
Special Focus: Holding the Bodies of Deceased Palestinians by Israel
On Wednesday, 14 October 2015, Israel approved a proposal to hold the bodies of alleged Palestinians attackers killed during attacks, thereby denying families from burying their loved ones. Israel is »
Special Focus: Attacks against Health Facilities and Medical Staff by the IOF
In October 2015, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 228 Israeli violations against medical staff, including 56 incidents where ambulances were delayed, 116 cases of assaults against »
Special Focus: Israeli Occupying Forces Assault Journalists in the OPT
As Israeli violations escalate against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), journalists and media professionals have also been the subjects of Israeli  attacks. Since the beg »
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