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PHROC Sends Letter to UN High Commissioner and Special Rapporteurs on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
16، Jun 2016

phroc-300x169Earlier this week, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) issued a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein, numerous Special Rapporteurs, and independent experts on attacks against human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Occupied Palestine Territory and within the Green Line. PHROC highlighted that Palestinian HRDs are regularly subjected to armed violence, travel bans, arrest, detention, defamation campaigns, and restrictions on movement, amongst other measures, by Israel. In the letter, PHROC underscored the importance of the UN to take action, including by:

  • Issuing public statements affirming unambiguously the duty of all states to respect and protect the rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly, amongst other rights, while affirming the right to participate in and call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) actions;
  • Investigating and reporting, by means of country visits or otherwise, attacks against HRDs in the OPT, Israel, and other countries where HRDs working on issues related to Palestine face intimidation or arbitrary legislative or administrative restrictions;
  • Intervening with all states concerned for guarantees of the safety and integrity of HRDs currently at risk or under attack, and for an immediate halt and reversal in state policies which facilitate these attacks; and
  • Requesting the office of the OHCHR and the delegation of the European Union in the OPT and Israel to extend their protection to all HRDs, including those active in the BDS movement.


The full text of the letter can be found here.




Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council 

Adameer Addameer Prisoners’ Support and Human Rights Association
Sahar Francis
General Director

Aldameer Association for Human Rights
Samer Mousa


Shawan Jabarin
General Director

Mezan Al Mezan Center for Human Rights
Issam Younis
General Director

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights
Nidal Azza
General Director


Defence for Children International
Palestine Section
Khaled Kuzmar
General Director


Ensan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
Hasieb Nashashibi
General Director


Hurryyat - Centre for Defense of Liberties and Civil Rights
Helmi Al-araj
General Director


Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights
Issam Aruri
General Director


Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies
Suhaib Sharif
General Director

wclac2 Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling
Randa Sanyora
General Director

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights
Raja Sourani - General Director