Update from the 51st Great Return March Protests: Israel Kills Two Palestinians as UN Calls for Accountability

On Friday, 22 March 2019, the Great Return March continued for the 51st week, as the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry, calling on Israel, as occupying power, to “[r]efrain from using lethal force agains...

Case Update: Israeli Government Files Submission to Jerusalem District Court on Human Rights Watch Director, Omar Shakir

On Monday, 11 March 2019, the Jerusalem District Court heard Human Rights Watch (HRW) Director of Israel and Palestine Office, Mr. Omar Shakir, present his oral arguments, challenging the State of Israel’s formal response in support of the Ministry of the Interior’s dec...

Diplomatic Briefing: “The Great Return March: One Year On”

On Wednesday, 13 March 2019, Al-Haq jointly with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza organized a diplomatic briefing on “The Great Return March: One Year On”, targeting the diplomatic community in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including Me...

Al-Haq Thanks Irish Senators for Voting in Solidarity with the Palestinian People and Urges Continued Support for the Occupied Territories Bill, 2018

On Wednesday, 28 November 2018, on the eve of the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people, the Irish Seanad voted overwhelmingly by 30 votes for and 13 votes against, in favour of adopting the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill ...

Saturday, 23 March 2019 08:54 Date: 23 March 2019

Al-Haq participates in 40th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva – Source: UN Photo/Elma OkicAt the close of its 40th regular session, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted on Friday, 22 March 2019, four resolutions on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including on accountability within the context of the Great Return March, adopting the recommendations of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 OPT Protests.[1].

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 21:34 Date: 19 March 2019

Photo of the demolished structure. Al-Haq (C) 2019.The Israeli occupying authorities and forces have systematically confiscated and demolished public and private Palestinian property since the beginning of the occupation in 1967. Over the past five decades, Israel has appropriated and confiscated hundreds of thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including through the construction of the Annexation Wall, the confiscation of land for military use, nature reserves and the appropriation of Palestinian land as Israeli “state land”.[1] The aim has been to attain the maximum amount of land, while ensuring minimal Palestinian presence. Meanwhile, Israel continues to demolish and destroy Palestinian private property, including homes, agricultural structures and animal sheds, primarily in East Jerusalem and Area C of the OPT. In January[2] and February[3] of 2019, alone, Israel demolished 45 Palestinian owned structures. In the last week of February 2019 for example, a private structure used for agricultural purposes in Qalqiliya was demolished, while 400 olive and almond trees were uprooted and confiscated in Jenin.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:53 Date: 18/3/2019

IMTM 2019: Al-Haq copyright February 2019On 12 and13 February 2019, Israel held the 25th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM 2019) in Tel Aviv, a tourism exhibition for the local Israeli tourist industry. IMTM 2019 exhibition was sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Tourism, Israel Hotel Association, Israel Tourist and Travel Agents Association and Israel Incoming Tour Operators Association, and others including, the Jerusalem Development Authority, International Air Services, Passport News, Ynet, TelAvivYafo, UFTAA, El Al Airlines, and Israel Travel News and ORTRA Meeting Point. The event featured a number of public lectures, including lectures hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, private networking opportunities and a massive hall showcasing exhibits and booths of national and international tourist destinations.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 18:05 Date: 16/3/2019

Al-Haq Condemns the Assaults on Peaceful Demonstrators, Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in GazaAl-Haq condemns the ongoing violations committed by the acting authority in the Gaza Strip against peaceful demonstrators, demanding improvements in their living conditions, as well as the attacks against human rights defenders and journalists in the exercise of their professional duties. Al-Haq warns against the continuance of these attacks and their serious impact on the human rights situation in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, Al-Haq calls on the acting authority to end these violations, to open credible and transparent investigations into incidents of assaults to ensure that individuals, including those who ordered the commission of these assaults, are held accountable, and to guarantee redress for victims and provide guarantees of non-reoccurrence.


UN Advocacy

Al-Haq Welcomes Adoption of UN Commission of Inquiry Recommendations on the Great Return March
At the close of its 40th regular session, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council adopted on Friday, 22 March 2019, four resolutions on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Terr »
Al-Haq’s Comments and Proposals on the Zero Draft Treaty
On 28 February 2019, Al-Haq submitted comments and proposals to the Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights,[1] regard »
Al-Haq Calls on UN Member States to Support the Release of the UN Database of Businesses Engaged in Activities with Israeli Settlements
Last week, Al-Haq sent letters to United Nations (UN) Member States with diplomatic representatives in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), calling on them to urge the UN High Commissioner for Hu »
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied Join our social media actions to urge the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council, and Member States to abide by their own commitments and »

EU Advocacy

Three reasons why the European Union should support the United Nations Database on businesses activities related to Israeli settlements
JOINT NGO POSITION PAPER The undersigned human rights organisations stress the utmost importance of European Union (EU) and Member States supporting the United Nations (UN) Database on businesses ope »
Joint letter from civil society organisations urging for the immediate lifting of Gaza blockade
EuroMed Rights, together with 22 International, European, Israeli and Palestinian human rights and development organisations, sent a joint letter yesterday to call on the European Union to urge Israe »
Brief in Support of Unilateral Action by a European Union Member State to Prohibit the Importation of Israeli Settlement Goods
In light of 70 years of the ongoing Nakba, 51 years of occupation, and rapid acceleration of Israel's unlawful settler colonial enterprise in the occupied Palestinian territory, Al-Haq calls on Membe »
Al-Haq Sends A Letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Regarding the EU Response to the Mass Killings in the Occupied Gaza Strip
On 15 May 2018, Al-Haq sent a letter to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, to provide information on the »

ICC Advocacy

Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submit File to ICC Prosecutor: Investigate and Prosecute Pillage, Appropriation and Destruction of Palestinian Natural Resources
Today, on 26 October 2018, Al-Haq, Al Mezan and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) submitted a 500-page file on alleged crimes committed by Israelis, in particular high-level Israeli offic »
Al-Haq Reaffirms its Support of the ICC and Condemns Attempts to Infringe on its Independence and Punish the PLO
On 10 September 2018, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton, in an address to the Federalist Society on “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International »
Dear Madam Prosecutor, Today, on 17 September 2018,  25 civil society organisations including coalitions urge you to urgently open an investigation into the Situation in Palestine. The Interna »
ICC Chamber Orders Outreach To Palestinian Victims and Affected Communities
On 13 July 2018, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court issued a public decision ordering the Registry “to establish, as soon as practicable, a system of public information and o »

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