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Palestinian Detainee Dies in Israeli Custody - PHROC: Israeli Authorities Bear Responsibility for Palestinian Prisoners’ Life and Protection from Medical Negligence, Torture and Ill-Treatment

The Palestinian Human Rights Organization Council holds the Israeli occupation authorities fully responsible for the death of Nasser Taqatqa, 31, who died while being held in Nitzan prison on 16 July 2019.

Towards a Joint Strategy for the Protection of Healthcare in Palestine

On Thursday, 11 July 2019, Al-Haq participated in a full-day strategic workshop on protecting healthcare in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Health and the Office...

Al-Haq Briefs UN Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices in Amman

On Monday, 17 June 2019, Al-Haq briefed the United Nations (UN) Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories on the current human rights situation in the Occupied Pale...

Update: 59th Great Return March

On 24 May 2019 Palestinians in Gaza once again protested in the Great Return March demanding an end to Israel’s unlawful prolonged occupation, 11-year closure of the Gaza Strip and denial of Palestinian refugees’ right of return. Due to the heat, with temperatures reach...

Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:03 16 August 2019

Al-Haq Sends Follow-up Submission to CERD on the State of Palestine's First ReviewAl-Haq submitted its shadow report to the ninety-ninth session of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) with regard to its review of State of Palestine’s initial and second periodic reports, in relation to Palestine’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), to which the State of Palestine has acceded without reservations and according to which it must adopt appropriate measures and means, without delay, to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Al-Haq has followed with interest the interactive dialogue between CERD Committee members and the official delegation of the State of Palestine during the Committee’s ninety-ninth session, which took place on 13 and 14 August 2019 at the UN Office in Geneva. In light of the responses given by the delegation of the State of Palestine during the review by the Committee, Al-Haq considers it important to submit a follow-up report.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:04

AL-HAQ SUBMISSION TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ON THE FIRST PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE

1. In examining the State of Palestine’s initial and second periodic reports (hereinafter ‘State report’ or ‘the report’),[1] submitted to the ninety-ninth session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (hereinafter CERD or ‘the Committee’), Al-Haq affirms the importance of examining the broader context of Israel’s prolonged occupation of the Palestinian territory since 1967. At the same time, Al-Haq stresses that this context does not absolve the State of Palestine of its obligation to give effect to the provisions and purposes of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD or ‘the Convention’),[2] to which it has acceded without reservations. In assessing the obligations of the State of Palestine under the Convention, the Committee should consider the simultaneous applicability of international humanitarian law, in particular the law of belligerent occupation, to the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), in addition to applicable norms of public international law. Al-Haq urges the Committee to consider the conclusions of the 2017 report by the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which concluded that Israel has established an apartheid regime over Palestinians, based on the strategic fragmentation of the Palestinian people.[3] In addition, Al-Haq calls on the Committee to examine the State of Palestine’s report in light of Israel’s widespread and systematic human rights violations committed against Palestinians, including policies and practices of racial discrimination and segregation, constituting the crime of apartheid.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019 18:26

Date: 10 August 2019

One Palestinian was killed in Khan Younis and 69 protesters were injured on Friday, 26 July 2019, during the 68th Great Return March demonstrations in the occupied Gaza Strip. Amongst the injured, 44 demonstrators were wounded with live bullets and bullet shrapnel, 18 were hit by rubber bullets, and seven were injured by direct gas canister hits. Of the total number of injuries, 29 were children. On Friday, 2 August 2019, during the 69th Great Return March demonstrations, 67 Palestinians were injured by the Israeli occupying forces throughout the Gaza Strip. Of the injured, 27 were wounded with live bullets and shrapnel, 20 were wounded with rubber bullets, and 20 were injured by direct gas canister hits. Amongst the injured were 29 children, two journalists, and a paramedic.

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Monday, 05 August 2019 08:54

Image of Ahmad Muhammad Al-Qara, taken from Palestine Post 24, available at: https://ppost24.com/post/289/israeli-occupation-forces-kill-palestinian-wound-71-others-in-gaz.

Date: 3 August 2019

On Friday, 26 July 2019, 23-year-old university student Ahmad Muhammad Al-Qara from Bani Suhaila in Khan Younes was announced dead at the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younes, Gaza. Al-Qara had been shot earlier that day in the abdomen by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) with a live bullet, while standing approximately 80 – 100 meters from the fence east of Khan Younes during the 68th Great Return March.[1] At the time he was shot, he was standing behind a small sandpaper covering and was not posing any threat or danger to the IOF.

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UN Advocacy

Al-Haq Sends Follow-up Submission to CERD on the State of Palestine's First Review
Al-Haq submitted its shadow report to the ninety-ninth session of the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) with regard to its review of State of Palestine »
AL-HAQ SUBMISSION TO THE COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION ON THE FIRST PERIODIC REVIEW OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE
1. In examining the State of Palestine’s initial and second periodic reports (hereinafter ‘State report’ or ‘the report’),[1] submitted to the ninety-ninth session of the Committee on the »
Al-Haq Sends Urgent Appeal to UN Special Procedures and Calls for Immediate Halt to Demolitions in Wadi Al-Hummus
In light of Israel’s mass demolitions of Palestinian homes and property in the Wadi Al-Hummus neighbourhood, in the town of Sur Bahir, in occupied East Jerusalem since the early hours of Monday, 22 »
Al-Haq Attends 41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Al-Haq attended the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, which took place between 23 June and 12 July 2019. Al-Haq’s advocacy during the 41st Human Rights Council session focused o »

EU Advocacy

Al-Haq Welcomes Advocate General Hogan’s CJEU Opinion Explicitly Requiring Labelling of Settlement Goods, but calls on States and the EU to Prohibit the Import of Illegal Settlement Goods
Al-Haq wishes to highlight and endorse the publication of Advocate General Hogan’s opinion for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 13June 2019, in relation to the notice issued by t »
Al-Haq Calls on the European Union to Withdraw its Recent Statement on Gaza and Apologize to Palestinian Victims
Al-Haq has received with alarm the statement, dated 5 May 2019, by European Union (EU) High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini on the continuing Gaza escalation,[1] in which the E »
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 »

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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