Shawan Jabarin Elected as Secretary General of FIDH

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) convened its 39th annual international Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa from 22 to 27 August 2016. The Congress was attended by four hundred representatives from 178 FIDH member organizations, representing 120 c...

Environmental Rights Case Succeeds in Holding Israel Accountable for Illegal Hazardous Waste Dumping in Palestine

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was developed over fifteen years ago to restrict the cross-border trade and dumping of a range of toxic chemical wastes identified as ‘hazardous’ as well as household w...

Dutch paper highlights attacks against Al-Haq

The Dutch newspaper, NRC, issued an article today on Al-Haq staff member Nada Kiswanson and the death threats she has received. Al-Haq has previously raised attention to these threats and other attacks against the organization.[1] Al-Haq stands behind Nada and expresses...

Deporting Solidarity: One activist’s experience being detained in Ben Gurion airport.

Scattered inscriptions written with toothpaste and food on the bunks and walls of an Israeli facility at the Ministry of Interior Population, Immigration and Borders Authority (PIBA) declare: “for each International Solidarity Movement you deport back home, ten more wil...

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:30

ahmad-halawehNablus resident Ahmad ‘Izzat Halawa, 50, was arrested by Palestinian Security on 23 August 2016 and died while in custody. Ahmad was arrested following the killing of two Palestinian security officers[1] and two “wanted” civilians[2] in Nablus on 18 August 2016.

Sunday, 14 August 2016 07:10

conferance-15-08-2016The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) is gravely concerned with the continuing campaign of attacks and threats against human rights defenders and employees of PHROC member organizations, including Al-Haq, Al-Mezan, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), and The Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (BADIL), by the Israeli authorities and associated organizations. In addition to cyber attacks, the campaign against the organizations also included contacting funders and local and international partners of these organizations in an attempt to discredit them. Intimidation and death threats over e-mail and phone calls were also carried out by anonymous sources against staff members of the aforementioned organizations.

Monday, 01 August 2016 09:30

international-law-300x169Al-Haq is deeply disappointed by the Quartet’s recent report. The report fails to reflect the situation on the ground, and instead attempts to equalize the roles and actions of Israelis and Palestinians. In only repeating empty condemnations and recommendations, the Quartet serves to maintain the nearly fifty-year occupation and grant Israel impunity for its violations of international law.

Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:23

united-nations-logo-300-169Representatives 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 variety of stakeholders to discuss the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.


UN Advocacy

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 »
Al-Haq’s Oral Statement at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council
On Monday 28 September 2015, Al-Haq delivered an oral statement at the 30th Session of the Human Rights Council during the General Debate on “Item 7: the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and othe »
Unanimous EU support: Unprecedented Human Rights Council Resolution on Accountability calling for Cooperation with ICC
On 3 July 2015, the Human Rights Council adopted an unprecedented resolution with unanimous support from the EU calling on Israel and Palestine to "cooperate fully with the preliminary examination of »
Al-Haq meets the UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT in Amman, Jordan
On 12 June 2015, Al-Haq met with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (SR) in Amman, Jordan. In briefing the SR, Al-Haq provided t »
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 »

EU Advocacy

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 »
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 »

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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