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Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law Concludes Human Rights Training for EUPOL COPPS

Thursday, 24 January 2019 23:49
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Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law Concludes Human Rights Training for EUPOL COPPSRamallah, 24 January 2019 – The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law concluded today, on Thursday, 24 January 2019, a three-day training on international humanitarian law and international human rights law for the EUPOL COPPS, the European Union (EU) Police and Rule of Law Mission for the occupied Palestinian territory. The training was attended by 20 participants from 10 countries, representing different divisions and departments of the EUPOL COPPS mission in Palestine.

The training included a number of sessions covering the human rights situation in Palestine and violations of international law under Israel's prolonged occupation of the Palestinian territory. In addition, the training covered internal violations by the Palestinian Authority at the legislative, policy, and practical levels in light of the accession by the State of Palestine to core international human rights treaties, while the training also addressed latest developments related to the Palestinian justice sector and the practices of the Palestinian security services.

Amongst the organisations who participated in the training were Addameer, the Palestinian Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, who presented a session on the legal status and rights of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli detention, and Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, who presented on the Palestinian Nakba and the historic displacement of Palestinians in addition to the status of Palestinian refugees under international law.

During the training, Al-Haq presented a number of sessions, looking at Israeli human rights violations committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including Israel's exploitation and pillage of Palestinian natural resources. In further sessions, Al-Haq addressed the human rights situation locally, examining the situation of the judiciary and the performance of the Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC). Looking at human rights violations committed by the Palestinian Authority, Al-Haq focused on arbitrary detentions and arrests in addition to violations of the rights to freedom of expression, to peaceful assembly, and of association.

Moreover, Al-Haq outlined the legislative environment of the Palestinian security services and their practices on the ground, also highlighting Al-Haq's efforts and those of civil society partners in that regard. In a last session, the latest legal developments in the context of legislation and practice related to the legal and social status of women was presented, while the question of reservations to treaties and their implications for the human rights situation locally were also addressed.

On the third and last day of the training, Al-Haq organized a field visit to the Jordan Valley for EUPOL COPPS participants, presenting the situation of Palestinians in Area C and the violations to which they are subjected by Israel, as Occupying Power, including forcible transfer and settlement expansion, and the pillage of Palestinian natural resources.

The Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law welcomes delegations of local and international practitioners, academics, lawyers, and others interested in learning more about the human rights situation in Palestine and the application of international law to the OPT.

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