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Neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem: Between Land Grab, Lack of Infrastructure and a Waste Landfill

On 16 February 2015, the Israeli Authorities approved a plan to build a solid waste landfill on privately owned Palestinian land in East Jerusalem. The landfill will be built on approximately 546 dunums of land between the Palestinian villages of 'Anata and Al-'Eisawiyy...

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip Lack Safety and a Healthy Environment

Twenty-year-old Habib, along with 17 members of his family, have been living in the Beit Hanoun UNRWA High School (A), which has been used as a shelter, for the past seven months. The family sought refuge there following Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip that commenced...

Capital Punishment Following Palestine's Accession to International Treaties

In April 2014, the State of Palestine acceded to 15 key international treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), without any reservations. Nine months later, in December 2014, the State of Palestine acceded to the Rome Statute ...

14-year-old Palestinian Student Arrested and Sentenced to Two Months in Israeli Prison

The youngest Palestinian female prisoner is set to be released on Friday 13 February 2014. On this occasion, Al-Haq would like to highlight the policy of arbitrary arrest and detention as one of the many Israeli violations against Palestinians, particularly children, in...

Sunday, 22 February 2015 10:32 Ref.: 13/2015

Divide_and_ConquerBetween 8 July and 26 August 2014, Israel carried out a massive offensive against the occupied Gaza Strip, codenamed ‘Operation Protective Edge’. According to documentation jointly compiled by the Palestinian humanrights organisations Al-Haq, Al Mezan, Aldameer and the PalestinianCenter for Human Rights, a total of 2,215 Palestinians, including 1,639 civilians, were killed during the offensive. Of these victims, 556 were children.  In terms of civilian objects, the organisations documented damage to 32,028 Palestinian residential houses. A documented 43,503 Palestinian families, including 125,079 children, were affected by the destruction and damage to residential house.

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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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UN Advocacy

Israel above the law: PHROC strongly condemns Israeli efforts to obstruct justice
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) condemns in the strongest terms Israel’s latest and unfortunately, far too common attempt to obstruct the work of international human right »
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 »

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

Divide and Conquer: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s 2014 offensive against the Gaza Strip
Between 8 July and 26 August 2014, Israel carried out a massive offensive against the occupied Gaza Strip, codenamed ‘Operation Protective Edge’. According to documentation jointly compiled by the »
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 »
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