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Al-Haq welcomes France’s move to label settlement products, but calls for stronger action

On November 24, 2016 France issued a notice regarding the labeling of products from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the occupied Golan Heights. The notice comes over one year after the issuance of  the Interpretative Notice on in...

Al-Haq calls attention to business and human rights issues in the OPT

Al-Haq advocated on issues regarding business involvement in Israel’s settlement enterprise during events in Geneva, Switzerland, including the fifth annual United Nations Business and Human Rights Forum (November 14-16, 2016). On November 16, Al-Haq participated in a ...

Rights Violations of Farming and Fishing Communities within Gaza Closure in Submission to UN Special Rapporteurs

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan) and Al-Haq submitted information to the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes for their upcoming in March 2017. The submission focuses on the situation of  far...

PHROC Draws Attention to the Repression of Human Rights Defenders in Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT

This week, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) submitted information to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967 for his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017...

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 17:45

Shawan-icc-nov-2016-300x16922 November 2016, The Hague: Today, Palestinian human rights groups urged the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to examine the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip, which has denied two million Palestinians a panoply of fundamental rights for nearly a decade, as the crime against humanity of persecution under the Rome Statute. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Al-Haq, and Addameer submitted a 145-page file to the ICC Prosecutor setting out the factual and legal basis for the case. 

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016 06:29 Ref. No: 65/2016

fact.sheetsCoinciding with the UN-declared International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, Al-Haq has introduced a new campaign “Facts on the Ground”. This campaign exposes specific ways Israel’s exploitation of natural resources in Palestine perpetuates and sustains the illegal occupation. The campaign highlights how the Israeli occupying forces have taken control of the water, land, gas and oil reserves, quarries and Dead Sea minerals, allowing it to sustain and expand the settlements, internationally recognized and condemned as illegal. To pressure Israel and complicit corporations to stop exploiting natural resources which rightfully belong in the hands of the Palestinian people, Al-Haq calls for international, national and local sanctions that target individuals and companies involved in illegal activity, or forms of trade that support illegal activity.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016 23:55

Facts-on-the-ground-PrAl-Haq announces the launch of its new campaign, “Facts on the Ground.” The campaign highlights Israel’s exploitation of Palestinian natural resources and the resultant violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. “Facts on the Ground” brings together past reports and virtual field visits by Al-Haq on water, natural gas, oil, Dead Sea minerals, and land.

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 12:42

Lodewijk-AsscherIn June 2016, it was made public that Mr. Lodewijk Asscher, Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, intentionally provides for the payment of Dutch full age pension (AOW pension) to settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in violation of Dutch legislation. Today, on 29 September 2016, a criminal offense committed by Minister Asscher was reported to the Chairwoman of the Dutch House of Representatives on behalf of Mr. F.L van Vliet, Mr. S van Houcke, Mrs. M.H.A. Remmers and the foundation Article 1 Collective.

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UN Advocacy

Rights Violations of Farming and Fishing Communities within Gaza Closure in Submission to UN Special Rapporteurs
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Al Mezan) and Al-Haq submitted information to the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes for their upcomi »
Al-Haq calls attention to business and human rights issues in the OPT
Al-Haq advocated on issues regarding business involvement in Israel’s settlement enterprise during events in Geneva, Switzerland, including the fifth annual United Nations Business and Human Rights »
Time for Palestinian Natural Resources to Be In the Hands of the Palestinian People
Coinciding with the UN-declared International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, Al-Haq has introduced a new campaign “Facts on the Ground”. This cam »
Al-Haq Joins UN Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes and the Right to Food Expert Consultations in Geneva
During the 4th and 5th of October 2016, Al-Haq participated in expert roundtable consultations convened by the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances »
Al-Haq and Al Mezan participate in UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Representatives from Al-Haq and Al Mezan are participating in the 2016 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at the United Nations in New York.  The Forum brings together a variet »
Israel's Fifth Periodic Review by the UN Committee against Torture
On 3 and 4 May 2016, the Israeli government underwent its fifth periodic review by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT), which monitors States’ implementation of the Convention against Torture and »
Unprecedented database to list business enterprises that have, directly and indirectly, enabled, facilitated and profited from the construction and growth of Israeli settlements
On 24 March, the UN Human Rights Council (hereinafter the Council) appointed a new Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and adopted four resolutions under agenda item 7 of th »
Al-Haq Presents at the Fourth Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights 2015
A team from Al-Haq attended and delivered papers at the Fourth Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, at the Palais des Nations Geneva. The annual Forum on Business and Human Rights presents an im »

EU Advocacy

Al-Haq welcomes France’s move to label settlement products, but calls for stronger action
On November 24, 2016 France issued a notice regarding the labeling of products from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the occupied Golan Heights. The notice comes ove »
Palestinian Civil Society Meets European Union Parliament Delegation to Discuss Human Rights Situation in the OPT
On 10 February 2016, Palestinian civil society organisations (Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Defence for Children International - »
Strengthening the European Union’s involvement at the United Nations Human Rights Council: Standing Agenda Item 7
The Human Rights Council (Council) has included Item 7, entitled “the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories”, in its agenda since its creation in 2006. The agenda »
PHROC Welcomes EU Labelling of Settlement Products as a First Step Towards a Ban
It has long been known that Israel intentionally mislabels products originating from its illegal settlements located in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Israel has misled European consumers i »
EU at a Cross-Roads: Ensure an End to Violence by Ensuring an End to Occupation and its Unlawful policies and practices
Dear Foreign Affairs Ministers, Ahead of the convening of the Foreign Affairs Council that will take place on 16 and 17 November 2015, FIDH and its member Al-Haq would like to draw your attention to »
Re. The Export of Dutch Service Dogs to Israel
H.E. Foreign Minister Koenders H.E. Trade and Cooperation Minister Ploumen                      »
Re. Dutch-Palestinian Bilateral Cooperation Forum
H.E Prime Minister Mark Rutte  H.E Trade and Development Minister Lilianne Ploumen H.E Foreign Minister Bert Koenders   Kingdom of the Netherlands P.O. Box 20001 2500 EA The Hague& »
A Deafening Silence: EU must address escalation of violence against Palestinians
On 5 October 2015, the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) shot dead 13-year old Palestinian boy Abdel Rahman Abdallah near Bethlehem. Abdel’s death came in the wake of Israel’s killing of Hutheifa Sul »

Field Updates 2015

Special Focus: A Review of the Situation in the OPT in 2015
In 2015, Israel’s intentions towards the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the Palestinian population were made clear through the unabashed extreme rhetoric of government officials and a deep »
Special Focus on Palestinian Children: Targeting Palestine through its Future
In July of this year, eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsha was torched to death in an Israeli settler arson attack against his home near Nablus. Not long after, his parents died due to injuries they sustai »
East Jerusalem: Exploiting Instability to Deepen the Occupation
Since Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem following its occupation in 1967, Israel has implemented a comprehensive policy to deepen its control over the city by weakening Palestinian prese »
Special Focus: Palestinian Universities Subject to IOF Attacks
Since October 2015, the recent escalation in violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) has led to the killing of 92 Palestinians and the injury of thousands of others by the Israeli Occupyi »
Special Focus on Hebron: A Microcosm of the Israeli Occupation
Throughout the occupation, Israel has used security concerns as a pretext to fragment and further its control over Palestinian Territory. Since the beginning of October 2015, Israel has escalated its »
Special Focus: Holding the Bodies of Deceased Palestinians by Israel
On Wednesday, 14 October 2015, Israel approved a proposal to hold the bodies of alleged Palestinians attackers killed during attacks, thereby denying families from burying their loved ones. Israel is »
Special Focus: Attacks against Health Facilities and Medical Staff by the IOF
In October 2015, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) documented 228 Israeli violations against medical staff, including 56 incidents where ambulances were delayed, 116 cases of assaults against »
Special Focus: Israeli Occupying Forces Assault Journalists in the OPT
As Israeli violations escalate against Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), journalists and media professionals have also been the subjects of Israeli  attacks. Since the beg »

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