About this Report

We introduce to the reader the 1997 Annual Report for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR). Contained within are narrative and financial reports for the period from 1 January to 31 December 1997. This year we have adopted a new approach for the narrative report. Rather than only covering the various goals and activities of the PCHR’s units and teams, this report will attempt to provide a general picture of the human rights situation in the Gaza Strip. Considering that most activities of the PCHR are geographically limited to the Gaza Strip, this report will not provide a comprehensive picture of the human rights situation throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This approach does not, however, suggest any separation between the Occupied Palestinian Territories, which legally remain one integrated zone. Rather, it reflects the Palestinian reality as a result of prolonged closure and restrictions on the freedom of movement imposed by the Israeli occupation on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

We hope that this report will contribute to the promotion of human rights in Palestine while serving as an indicator of the progress achieved by the PCHR. Such an indicator will assist us in further developing our work and programs over the coming years. Publishing the financial report reflects our deep belief and fundamental policy of maintaining the transparency of the PCHR as a non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides free services to the community. Finally, the PCHR is ready to receive any critiques, suggestions, or ideas that may contribute to the development and the progress of the services that the PCHR provides.