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Al-Haq submission to the committee on the elimination of discrimination against women on the first periodic review the state of palestine

Al-Haq hereby presents its submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter the Committee) at its 70th session with regard to its evaluation of the first report of the State of Palestine and its compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter CEDAW or the Convention), to which it acceded without reservations or declarations on 1 April 2014. The submission also reviews all the appropriate measures taken by the State of Palestine to integrate CEDAW in its legislation and other policies, directives, and measures implemented by the State.

An Environmental Approach: The Protection of Natural Resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

2017 marks 50 years since Israel’s unlawful occupation of Palestinian territory. During this period, Israel has implemented a variety of policies and practices in order to maintain and seize further control over the territory, while creating uninhabitable living conditions for the Palestinian population. This comes despite Israel’s obligations, as the Occupying Power, to protect the environment and the well-being of the protected population.

Annexing Energy - Exploiting and Preventing the Development of Oil and Gas in the O.P.T

Israel has forced a naval closure of the Gaza Strip as part of its energy security policy. The El-Arish pipeline and Mari-B gas platform are key Israeli strategic assets for its entire gas distribution network requiring stringent security measures. The Mari-B platform is located only 13 nautical miles from Gaza’s coast and the El-Arish pipeline runs across the entire Palestinian coast at 13 nautical miles connecting Ashkelon in Israel to El-Arish in Egypt. Since 2000, the year that Mari-B was first discovered, Israel has forced the closure of the Gaza Maritime Zone preventing Palestinian fishing and recreational use beyond distances of 6 nautical miles. 

A Treatise on Amendments to the Regulation on Non-profit Companies in Relation to Civil Society Organisations

On 7 July 2015, the Palestinian Council of Ministers passed a regulation, amending the Regulation on Non-Profit Companies No. 3 of 2010, which was promulgated by the government on 15 February 2010. The new regulation is designed to subject funding sources of Non-Profit Companies (NPCs) to government control and prior approval.

A Guide to Field Investigation

In a visit to the West Bank city of Nablus in 2002 to document Israeli human rights violations committed by Israeli occupying forces I had the chance to meet with Mr. Chris Cobb-Smith, the writer of the present manual. He was there to prepare a report on the types of weapons that the Israeli occupying forces used against Palestinians and their properties in the city and in the Jenin refugee camp during the offensive on the camp in 2002. This was the first time I met him. Seven years later, I learned that he was in Gaza to prepare an expert report for Amnesty International on the damages that Gaza suffered during the Israeli offensive on Gaza which Israel, the occupying power, called “Operation Cast Lead”. That is when I called Chris by telephone and he expressed his willingness to cooperate with us. It is especially in light of the fact that the use of expert reports in different areas are considered important documents for supporting any file related to the criminal prosecution of Israeli war criminals that we began our relationship with Chris.

Al-Haq’s Questions and Answers: Palestine’s UN Initiatives and the Representation of the Palestinian People’s Rights

Al-Haq's Questions and Answers: Palestine's UN Initiatives and the Representation of the Palestinian People's Rights' analyse the legal and political implications of the Palestinian UN initiatives on the protection of the rights of the Palestinian people under international law, as well as the representation of the Palestinian people. By adhering to a strict application of international law and contemporary legal practice, Al-Haq’s legal briefs on the UN initiatives seek to bring some clarity to the questions and concerns raised in the public debate and highlight, where appropriate, potential threats to the full exercise of all the Palestinian people’s rights.

Al-Haq, 30 Years of Defending Human Rights in Palestinian Territories

With three decades rich with activity, achievement and experience; three decades full of political turmoil and challenges, AL-HAQ was the first human rights organisation to be established in Palestine and in the Middle East. Deriving its name from justice and rights, the name of AL-HAQ (synonymous to right in English) comprises one word that is easy to pronounce and profound in meaning.Enjoying an esteemed international, regional and local status, AL-HAQ has been renowned for its professional activity and distinctive ability to defend victims and human rights in Palestine. It has sought to promote the principle of the rule of law and had a deep faith that justice and peace are interdependent: Peace will not be established without justice and rights. AL-HAQ believes and defends individual and collective rights, including the right to self-determination. Adopting International Law principles and norms as a point of departure and guide, AL-HAQ has been active throughout local, regional and international arenas. Though it has encountered various challenges, AL-HAQ performs its mission steadily and on the grounds of professionalism, transparency, participation, independence and principal defence of human rights and rule of law. That is AL-HAQ.

Al-Haq's Response to the U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1990: The Occupied Territories

Al-Haq's Response to the U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1990: The Occupied Territories

Al-Haq's Response to the Chapter on Israel and the Occupied Territories in the US State Department's "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1984"

This publication provides a critical analysis of the chapter on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the US State Department's annual report on human rights conditions in countries receiving US economic and military assistance covering 1984.

Al-Haq Palestinian presidential elections 2005 monitoring report

This report provides an overview of Al-Haq’s main findings during its monitoring of the Palestinian presidential elections. Held on 9 January 2005, they took place following the death of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Yasser Arafat in November 2004, in line with constitutional provisions that elections must be held within 60 days of the inability of the PNA President to govern.

A Thousand and One Homes: Israel's Demolition and Sealing of Houses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

This occasional paper addresses the issue of house demolition and sealing by Israeli military forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). Official statistics concerning the 1,001 houses which were either demolished or sealed were taken during the 11-year period between January 1981 and December 1991. The study outlines both legal and non-legal arguments made by Israeli military and government officials as well as statements made by the Israeli High Court of Justice in defense of punitive house demolition and sealing. Furthermore, it assesses the applicability of international law on house demolitions to the OPT, as well as Israel's breaches thereof. By revealing Israel's perpetual contravention of international law, the report shows Israel's insistence on undermining the legal system's credibility. Finally, the study includes detailed accounts of seven case studies of house demolitions and sealings in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

An Ailing System: Military Government Health Insurance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

An Ailing System: Military Government Health Insurance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

A Legal Commentary on the Geneva Accord

This report provides a legal analysis of the Geneva Accord, a peace accord drafted by Palestinian and Israeli negotiators acting in their private capacity. While this accord received substantial international attention at its issuance, a legal evaluation makes clear that it is promising only on its face, and that it suffers from serious legal pitfalls and implications. Its provisions violate fundamental principles of international human rights and humanitarian law, making it dangerous to consider this as a blueprint for any formal and permanent status agreement between the two sides in the future. Further, it ignores many of the lessons that should have been drawn from the previous peace initiatives, which will inevitably fail as long as they do not consider respect for international law to be the framework for a just and durable solution to the conflict.


In April 2002, al-Nu’man’s residents were verbally informed that the village lay adjacent to the planned route of the Wall. Shortly after, a preliminary road was built along the route of the Wall. The road to al-Nu’man from the neighbouring West Bank village of al-Khas was destroyed, as were the village water pipes. One year later, in April 003, residents received a visit from a man purportedly working as a liaison between Israeli government ministries and residents of areas affected by the Wall. This man, who identified himself as Davier Kahana, showed them maps of the Wall route and bypass roads that would cut through the village. He informed the villagers that there would be no gate in the Wall, meaning they would have no access to either the West Bank or Jerusalem, and told them that the electricity and water supplies to the village would soon be cut. He suggested that in light of these circumstances, residents would be better served to move away from the village.

An Illusion Of Legality: A Legal Analysis of Israel's Mass Deportation of Palestinians on 17 December 1992

On 17 December 1992, Israeli authorities deported 415 Palestinians to Southern Lebanon. This paper analyses the legality of the Israeli practice of deporting Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and explains how this mass deportation entailed even more human rights abuses than had previously been the case. It includes an analysis of how the Israeli High Court of Justice supports this illegality, and how Israeli authorities have been permitted to act beyond the boundaries of international law.

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