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Israeli Settlements and Settler Violence in Hebron

With at least 223 Israeli settlements, including government-sanctioned and unofficial settlement outposts, located in the West Bank, where more than 550,000 Israeli settlers reside - the majority of whom illegally reside in East Jerusalem - land annexation, and hence ...

Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council calls for the respect of freedom of opinion and guaranteeing freedom of student activities

The Palestinian security services summoned and arrested nearly 20 former and current students from Bir Zeit University, north of Ramallah, who belong to the Islamic Bloc, after the Bloc’s victory in Student Council Elections on 22 April 2015. According to monitoring and...

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 Palestinian prisoners whose plight occupies a central role in Pal...

Al-Haq Field Report Violations of Freedom of Opinion and Expression in the Second Half of 2014

In the second half of 2014, and after the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) came into effect, on 2 July 2014, Al-Haq documented several violations of freedom of opinion and expression in the West Bank by Palestinian security services. After do...

Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:07 The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council

Nakba-Day-2015For Palestinians, 2015 marks the 67th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland. This ongoing Nakba (‘catastrophe’) continues to be perpetuated through Israel’s denial of the Palestinian refugees’ Right of Return, the right to self-determination, and various other Israeli policies, which give rise to forced displacement, including forcible transfer as a grave breach of international law. These policies are framed within the wider gamut of perpetual human rights violations being committed on both sides of the green line (across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel).

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 05:44

international-criminal-court-300x169Israel’s unlawful seizing of nearly $400 million of Palestinian funds in order to collectively punish Palestinians for seeking justice through joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) has had devastating consequences for millions of people and is itself a “war crime” prosecutable under the ICC, says Ramallah based Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq.

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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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UN Advocacy

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 »
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 »
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 »
Human Rights Council Adopts all Four Resolutions on Palestine
On 28 March, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted all four resolutions relating to Palestine submitted under Item 7, with 46 States voting in favour and only the United States against. The resolutio »
Al-Haq Attends Open Consultation on Development of States’ National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights at the United Nations
On Thursday 20 February Al-Haq attended the Open Consultation on the development of States’ (NAPs) Plans on Business and Human Rights, organised bythe Working Group on Business and Human Rights (the »

EU Advocacy

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 »
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 »
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 »
Joint Open letter to Dutch Ministers regarding the involvement of Israeli companies with settlement-ties in the Dutch-Israeli Cooperation Forum
His Excellency Mr. Frans Timmermans Minister of Foreign Affairs Kingdom of the NetherlandsHer Excellency Mrs. Lilianne PloumenMinister for Foreign Trade and Development CooperationKingdom of the Nethe »
Al-Haq Submission to the EU on its 2013 ENP Progress Report on Israel
In light of the upcoming 2013 European Neighbourhood Progress Reports, Al-Haq would like to draw the attention of the European Union (EU) to Israel’s implementation of the EU-Israel Action Plan (Act »

War On Gaza

נוהל חניבעל : מתכון לפשעי מלחמה
המאמר פורסם ב 27 באוגוסט  בעיתון Huffington Post אתמול, חמישים ימים אחרי חידוש מעשי התוקפנות בין ישראל לקבוצות ההתנ »
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 »
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