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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...

Monday, 10 December 2018 18:32 By Rania Muhareb, LL.M.*

Israeli firing zone in the northern Jordan Valley, taken on 31 January 2018 by Rania Muhareb70 years ago, on 10 December 1948, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (‘Universal Declaration’) in Resolution 217(III) with 48 votes in favour and 8 abstentions.[1] The Universal Declaration was born out of the ashes of the two world wars, with the atrocities committed therein having “outraged the conscience of mankind”.[2] Three years earlier, the Charter of the United Nations (‘UN Charter’),[3] adopted in San Francisco in 1945, had sought “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.[4] While at that time efforts to include an international bill of rights within the UN Charter were unsuccessful, its final text made significant references to human rights,[5] including by affirming that a purpose and principle of the UN was the development of “friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples”.[6]

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 17:07 [12-18 November 2018]

Confiscation order on file with Al-Haq.The Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land is a systematic policy, implemented through different means, fulfilling the Israeli goal of grabbing the maximum land with minimum Palestinian presence. Israeli mechanisms of confiscation have included the construction of the Annexation Wall, the expropriation of land for settlement construction and expansion, the exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, and the use of “security” as a pretext to justify the confiscation of lands. In Area C of the West Bank, Israel’s policies of land appropriation and annexation have materialized through: declaration of land as abandoned property; requisition of land for military needs, including closed military areas and firing zones; expropriation of land for public needs; and the declaration of vast areas of land as ‘State land’.[1] In addition, Israel has adopted legislation aiming at the dispossession of Palestinians, including the 1950 Absentees’ Property Law, which declares Palestinian refugees who fled during the Nakba,[2] between 29 November 1947 and 19 May 1948, as “absentees”, stripping them from their property (including land) ownership, and diverting ownership to the Custodianship Council for Absentees’ Property (‘the Custodian’).[3] Due to continued confiscations, access to lands in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) has gradually decreased since 1967. Recently, the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) has once again resorted to the “security” pretext to confiscate 29 dunums of land in Al-Jalamah village, Jenin, as explained in this weekly focus covering Al-Haq’s field documentation between 12 and 18 November 2018.

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 17:02

Photo retrieved from https://twitter.com/frances_black 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 Territory (OPT) into Ireland as well as banning services or corporate links to illegal settlements.

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:28

Al-Haq Welcomes Chilean Parliament Resolution Calling on the Government to Review Treaties with IsraelAl-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 Government, through its President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to review the treaties between Chile and Israel to ensure that they distinguish between the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Israeli settlements therein, and the State of Israel, and “include specific reference to the borders of Israel, recognised as the frontiers prior to the June 1967 war” – in accordance with United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016).

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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 »
END IMPUNITY AND OPEN INVESTIGATION ON PALESTINE
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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