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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 Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, hereinafter ...

The Nakba at 68: A catastrophe born of discrimination and impunity

As Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (approximately 66% of Palestinian population worldwide) enter the 69th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland, Israel continues to create intolerable living conditions which further...

A Demonstration of Power: Israel’s Excessive Use of Force resulting in the Killing of Non-Violent Palestinian Protestors and Demonstrators during 2014 and 2015

The years 2014 and 2015 witnessed waves of violence and a disregard of the lives of Palestinians across the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Violence against Palestinians continues unabated due to Israeli government policies which target Palestinians, especially in...

Prominent Palestinian Human Rights Defenders Conclude Historic Two-Week Trip to United States

Optimistic that future for justice lies with growing Palestinian solidarity movement April 25, 2016, Ramallah, Gaza City, New York –Two of Palestine’s most prominent human rights defenders – RajiSourani from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and ShawanJabarin fr...

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 09:41 Ref.: 28/2016

Paris-Agreement-and-Environmental-JusticeOn April 22, 2016 coinciding with Earth Day, the State of Palestine signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change along with another 174 parties at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. The Paris Agreement was reached at the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. On December 18, 2014, Palestine became signatory to the UNFCCC, the UN treaty body which aims at “preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system”, enabling it to sign the Paris Agreement.

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Saturday, 02 April 2016 07:41 - [21- 27 March] - Ref.: 24/2016

hebron-killing-march-2016On Thursday 24 March 2016, Abd Al-Fattah Yousri Al-Sharif and Ramzi 'Aziz Al-Qasrawi, both 20 years old, were killed by the Israeli Occupying Forces (IOF) in the old city of Hebron. The soldiers claim that both Ramzi and Abd Al-Fattah carried out a stabbing attack against a soldier at the scene. According to Al-Haq witness statements and investigations, Abd Al-Fattah and Ramzi appear to have both been extra-judicially killed; the acts may amount to a war crime. Perpetrators should be held accountable.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:22

alhaq-center-300x169Al Haq Center for Applied International Law is pleased to announce its Second Applied International Law Summer School for international post-graduate law students and legal researchers in Ramallah, Occupied Palestine on 24 July - 07 August 2016.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 08:43 Ref.: 19/2016

water-in-the-OptSince the beginning of the Israeli occupation, Palestinians have not had full control over their own natural resources, including water. Israel, the Occupying Power,  has maintained a hegemony over water resources through a set of military laws and orders, provisions  under the Oslo Accords and land confiscation. Through the integration of water resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory into the Israeli system, Israel allocates water resources for the benefit of its own Israeli citizens and settlers at the expense of Palestinians. This discriminatory allocation deprives most Palestinians from their essential needs for livelihood and creates harsh conditions for many communities. 

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UN Advocacy

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 »
Al-Haq’s Intervention at the 7th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues
On Wednesday 25 November, Al-Haq delivered an oral statement at the UN 7th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues entitled “Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity crimes targeted against m »

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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