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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-destruction in the Gaza Strip. The Foreign Ministers of the twenty-ei...

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    INTRODUCTION  Over the past two weeks Israel has been engaging in ho...

UNRWA Emergency Shelter Bombed: 13 Civilians Killed and 200 Injured

On 24 July 2014, a shelter run by the United Nations Palestinian Refugees Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian civilians displaced from their homes by continuous and escalating hostilities in the Gaza Strip was reportedly shelled. UNRWA had designated the school in Beit Hanou...

Briefing Note I: The destruction of water and sewage infrastructure under international humanitarian law

Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip Briefing Note I: The destruction of water and sewage infrastructure under international humanitarian law INTRODUCTION Over the past two weeks Israel has been e...

Friday, 25 July 2014 12:43 Shawan Jabarin

The following op-ed was published on 25 July 2014 in The Independent

shawan_jabarin-GM-AlhaqToday the world watches as the latest round of violent escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfolds. It is incumbent upon me as the General Director of Al-Haq, the first Palestinian human rights organization, to once again raise the root cause of this violence, whether it is in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, and whether it is Palestinians or Israelis being killed by missiles or through abductions. 

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Thursday, 10 July 2014 11:38 Ref No.: 67/2014

gaza-under-fireAs a Palestinian human rights organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Al-Haq is extremely concerned by the growing number of civilian deaths and property destruction arising out of the most recent round of hostilities in the occupied Gaza Strip. Between 6 July and 9 July 2014, Al-Haq has documented the killing of 22 Palestinian civilians, including 7 children. In addition, at least 170 Palestinians have been injured. Statements by Israeli officials indicate an intent to expand their military operation in the Gaza Strip, code named ‘Operation Protective Edge’, which will likely result in more death and destruction. 

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Saturday, 05 July 2014 09:24

FIDHlogowebFIDH condemns grave human rights violations including acts that amount to collective punishment that have occurred in the West Bank and Gaza strip since the kidnaping and the killing of three Israeli teenagers.

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UN Advocacy

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 »
Al-Haq Attends the Second Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
On Tuesday 3 December Al-Haq, in conjunction with Franciscans International, Act Alliance, MISEREOR, FASTENOPFER and the Centre Catholique International Geneve will host a side event entitled "Address »
Universal Periodic Review of Israel
Today, 29 October, Israel will undergo its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva. The UPR is a peer review of the human rights record in each of the 193 member s »
Al-Haq Attends 24th Session of the Human Rights Council
Human Rights Council 24th Session: Al-Haq Presents Statements on ‘Firing Zone 918’ and Ensuring that International Legal Standards Constitute the Foundation of United Nations and Middle East Peace »
Al-Haq presents to United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
Today, 24 June, the United Nations Special Committee to Investigate Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People met with Israeli, Palestinian and international civil society organis »
Human Rights Council 23rd Session: Al-Haq presents statements on access to justice and corporate complicity in human rights abuses
Today, 31 May, Al-Haq will present an oral statement to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for its 23rd session. The statement will be delivered during the General Debate on “Item 3: Promo »

EU Advocacy

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 »
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

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 »
UNRWA Emergency Shelter Bombed: 13 Civilians Killed and 200 Injured
On 24 July 2014, a shelter run by the United Nations Palestinian Refugees Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian civilians displaced from their homes by continuous and escalating hostilities in the Gaza Strip »
Briefing Note I: The destruction of water and sewage infrastructure under international humanitarian law
Al-Haq Briefing Note Special Series Legal Analysis of Israel’s attacks against the Occupied Gaza Strip Briefing Note I: The destruction of water and sewage infrastructure under international hum »
Targeting of Health Facilities in the Gaza Strip May Amount to War Crimes
Since the beginning of “Operation Protective Edge”, Israel has damaged at least 18 health facilities in the Gaza Strip. On 12 July, Al-Rahma Association for the Disabled in the district of North G »
An Open Letter from Al-Haq to the Media on “Operation Protective Edge”
On 8 July Israel launched “Operation Protective Edge” in the Gaza Strip followed, on 17 July, by an ongoing ground invasion. Reminiscent of “Operation Cast Lead” in December 2008 to January 20 »
Al-Haq Condemns Israel’s Indiscriminate Attack on Gaza Beach, Killing Four Palestinian Children
At approximately 3:30 pm yesterday, 16 July, an Israeli attack on the Gaza City harbour killed four Palestinian children: Zakariya 'Ahed Subhi Bakr, 10; Muhammad Ramez 'Ezzat Bakr, 11; Ismail Muhammad »
Israel-OPT: A New Cycle of Violence whose Targets are Civilians
The increased targeting of civilians and civilian objects in Israel‘s military operation in the Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” is unacceptable. EMHRN and FIDH call on the EU to »
Al-Haq Demands that Israel immediately ceases its Indiscriminate Attacks against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
As a Palestinian human rights organisation dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Al-Haq is extremely concerned by the growing number of »
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