PCHR Interventions

PCHR is actively involved in advocacy efforts with governments, the UN system, and the wider international community to secure the protection of human rights and the application of international humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Below is a compilation of selected interventions made to inter-governmental organisations, governments and other bodies.

 
Open Letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon 02 June 2009

Letter to Ms. Louise Arbour High Commissioner for Human Rights 06March 2008

Joint Written Statement Submitted by Human Rights Organization to UN Human Rights Council February 2008

Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council  January 2008

Letter from Sourani to Scottish Parliament on the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip 30 October 2007

Letter from PCHR's Director, Raji Sourani, to the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Resala Newspaper on 22 October 2007
Letter to Ismail  Haniya, the Prime Minister of the dismissed government, condemning human rights violations in Gaza since 15 June 2007.
"Enforcement of International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: The Only Real Roadmap for Peace" Paper presented to the UN Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Brussels 30-31 August 2007

Letter by Palestinian HR Organisations Submitted to Member States and Observers of the UN Human Rights Council  (19 May 2007)

Palestinian human rights NGOs: on the statement of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights upon the conclusion of her visit to the oPt.  (03-December 2006)

Joint Letter of Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights during her Visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (21-november 2006)

On the 2nd anniversary of the ICJ Opinion: intervention to the Member States of the United Nations on the Continued Construction of the Annexation Wall   (08-July 2006)

Palestinians Prepare for Peace While Israel Practices War by Raji Sourani (01-July 2006)  (the article in Spanish)

Intervention, on Gaza disengagement, by Raji Sourani to F.I.D.H. International Board Meeting in Paris (30th of June 2005).

Intervention, on current and prospective human rights situation, by Raji Sourani to UN Special Rapporteur for OPT, Prof. John Dugard, during visit to OPT. (26th of June 2005).

PCHR enjoys Special Consultative Status at the UN ECOSOC.  As such PCHR is entitled to submit interventions to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The following are written interventions submitted to the 61st session of the Commission. During the current session of the commission in Geneva,  March and April 2005, the submission of oral interventions was coordinated with PCHR's partners al Haq and FIDH.

Interventions to the European Union in 2004. 

Written interventions submitted to the 60th session (2004) of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Written interventions submitted to the 59th session (2003) of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Appeal to Prevent Demolition of Gaza Oxygen Factory (16 May 2002), sent to:
  • HRRV Froger, Dutch Ambassador, Tel Aviv

  • Catharina Kipp, Swedish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Geir O. Pedersen, Norwegian Representative Office, Jerusalem

  • Denis Pietton, French Consul General, Jerusalem

  • William Roebuck, US Embassy, Tel Aviv

  • Manuel Salazar, Spanish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Adin Talbar, Danish Consul General, Jerusalem

Interventions to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) in 2002:
PCHR-LAW Letter to High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention (15 April 2002)
Break the conspiracy of silence, provide international protection (urgent letter from Palestinian civil society leaders to EU Foreign Ministers, 3 April 2002)
PCHR Oral Interventions with the 58th session (2002) of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (18 March-26 April 2002)

          See also Oral Interventions by LAW:

Israeli responsibility likely for death of 5 Palestinian civilians in explosion; Need for International Investigation, Protection (19 March 2002), sent to:
  • Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the OPT

  • John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT

  • Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur for Summary, Arbitrary, and Extra-Judicial Executions

  • Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict

PCHR Written Interventions with the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (jointly submitted with LAW; 18 March-26 April 2002)
APPEAL FOR URGENT INTERVENTION: Stop Gaza House Demolitions (14 March 2002), sent to:
  • Geoffrey Adams, UK Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Antoine Bernard, Executive Director, FIDH, Paris

  • Leo D’aes, Belgian Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Louise Doswald Beck, Secretary General, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva

  • John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for the OPT

  • Gianni Ghisi, Italian Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Irene Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International, London

  • Catharina Kipp, Swedish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Miloon Kothari, UN Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing

  • Hanny Megally, Human Rights Watch, New York

  • Geir O. Pedersen, Norwegian Representative Office, Jerusalem

  • Denis Pietton, French Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the OPT

  • Manuel Salazar, Spanish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Ronald Schlicher, US Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Marc Shade-Poulson, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights

URGENT APPEAL TO EU: End the Silence, Act Now (joint appeal with LAW and Miftah, 12 March 2002)
Mass House Demolitions in Rafah Refugee Camp (January 2002) -- PCHR Urgent Appeals to:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Spanish Consul, Jerusalem

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT

UN Special Rapporteur for Housing

Amnesty International

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme

Human Rights Watch

International Commission of Jurists

Three Palestinian children die in apparent willful killing by Israeli forces near Beit Lahia; PCHR appeals for investigation, international protection (January 2002)
Two Palestinian children killed in botched Israeli assassination in Hebron; PCHR appeals for international protection for Palestinian civilians (December 2001)
Five Palestinian children killed by exploding device planted by Israeli forces; PCHR appeals for international investigation into killings of children by Israeli forces (November 2001)
PCHR-LAW Joint Position Paper on the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention
PCHR submission to UN Committee Against Torture
PCHR is concerned about possible politicization of the discussion about Zionism at the World Conference Against Racism (1 August 2001)
Letter to The Association for the Prevention of Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Olivier Dubois, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Gaza (26 June 2001)
Letter to Sir Nigel Rodley UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Maria Munoz Secretary/UN Special Rapporteur: Independence of Judges/Lawyers (26 June 2001)
Letter to Karim Ghezraoui, Secretary and John de Saran, Chairman, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (26 June 2001)
Letter to Jan Doerfel, Assistant to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Dorothea Krimitsas, International Committee of the Red Cross, Jerusalem (26 June 2001)
Letter to A. Bruni, Committee Against Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to The World Organisation Against Torture (26 June 2001)
PCHR's letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (March-April 2001 session)
Oral Statement of PCHR during the 57th Special Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (delivered 29 March 2001)
Letter from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights to the Consul Generals of  European Union Member Countries (as revised/updated 21 March 2001)
PCHR's letter to members of the European Union (16 November 2000)
PCHR's letter to UN Secretary General on Current Events (2 October 2000)
Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Current Events from Palestinian NGOs, including PCHR (2 October 2000)
PCHR's letter to UN Special Rapporteur to the OPT on Current Events (2 October 2000)

PCHR Position Paper for Sharm El-Sheikh Emergency Summit

Petition Submitted to High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Anniversary of High Contracting Parties Meeting on Enforcing Israel’s Respect of the Fourth Geneva Convention (15 July 2000)

Question of the violation of human rights In the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine, Joint oral statement made by Raji Sourani (28 March 2000)

PCHR enjoys Special Consultative Status at the UN ECOSOC.  As such PCHR is entitled to submit interventions to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The following are written interventions submitted to the 61st session of the Commission. During the current session of the commission in Geneva,  March and April 2005, the submission of oral interventions will be coordinated by PCHR's partners al Haq and FIDH.

Open Letter to European Presidency Calling for Action to Protect Palestinian Civilians (17 May 2004)

 The following are written interventions submitted to the 60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

 The following are written interventions submitted to the 59th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights.

Appeal to Prevent Demolition of Gaza oxygen factory (16 May 2002), sent to:
  • HRRV Froger, Dutch Ambassador, Tel Aviv

  • Catharina Kipp, Swedish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Geir O. Pedersen, Norwegian Representative Office, Jerusalem

  • Denis Pietton, French Consul General, Jerusalem

  • William Roebuck, US Embassy, Tel Aviv

  • Manuel Salazar, Spanish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Adin Talbar, Danish Consul General, Jerusalem

PCHR Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Disappointment at Silence on Israeli Refusal (22 April 2002)
PCHR Briefing for High Commissioner on Current Human Rights Situation in the OPT (18 April 2002)
PCHR-LAW Letter to High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention (15 April 2002)
PCHR Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Urgent Need for OPT Visit, Regardless of Israeli Position (15 April 2002)
Break the conspiracy of silence, provide international protection (urgent letter from Palestinian civil society leaders to EU Foreign Ministers, 3 April 2002)
PCHR Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Visit OPT and Call for International Protection (3 April 2002)
PCHR Oral Interventions with the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (18 March-26 April 2002)

See also Oral Interventions by LAW:

Israeli responsibility likely for death of 5 Palestinian civilians in explosion; Need for International Investigation, Protection (19 March 2002), sent to:
  • Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the OPT

  • John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT

  • Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur for Summary, Arbitrary, and Extra-Judicial Executions

  • Olara Otunnu, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children in Armed Conflict

PCHR Written Interventions with the 58th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (jointly submitted with LAW; 18 March-26 April 2002)
APPEAL FOR URGENT INTERVENTION: Stop Gaza House Demolitions (14 March 2002), sent to:
  • Geoffrey Adams, UK Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Antoine Bernard, Executive Director, FIDH, Paris

  • Leo D’aes, Belgian Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Louise Doswald Beck, Secretary General, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva

  • John Dugard, UN Special Rapporteur for the OPT

  • Gianni Ghisi, Italian Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Irene Khan, Secretary General, Amnesty International, London

  • Catharina Kipp, Swedish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Miloon Kothari, UN Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing

  • Hanny Megally, Human Rights Watch, New York

  • Geir O. Pedersen, Norwegian Representative Office, Jerusalem

  • Denis Pietton, French Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Terje Roed-Larsen, UN Special Coordinator for the OPT

  • Manuel Salazar, Spanish Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Ronald Schlicher, US Consul General, Jerusalem

  • Marc Shade-Poulson, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights

URGENT APPEAL TO EU: End the Silence, Act Now (joint appeal with LAW and Miftah, 12 March 2002)
Mass House Demolitions in Rafah Refugee Camp (January 2002) -- PCHR Urgent Appeals to:

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Spanish Consul, Jerusalem

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT

UN Special Rapporteur for Housing

Amnesty International

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network

Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l'Homme

Human Rights Watch

International Commission of Jurists

Three Palestinian children die in apparent willful killing by Israeli forces near Beit Lahia; PCHR appeals for investigation, international protection (January 2002)
Two Palestinian children killed in botched Israeli assassination in Hebron; PCHR appeals for international protection for Palestinian civilians (December 2001)
Five Palestinian children killed by exploding device planted by Israeli forces; PCHR appeals for international investigation into killings of children by Israeli forces (November 2001)
PCHR-LAW Joint Position Paper on the Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention
PCHR submission to UN Committee Against Torture
PCHR is concerned about possible politicization of the discussion about Zionism at the World Conference Against Racism (1 August 2001)
Letter to The Association for the Prevention of Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Olivier Dubois, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross, Gaza (26 June 2001)
Letter to Sir Nigel Rodley UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Maria Munoz Secretary/UN Special Rapporteur: Independence of Judges/Lawyers (26 June 2001)
Letter to Karim Ghezraoui, Secretary and John de Saran, Chairman, Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories (26 June 2001)
Letter to Jan Doerfel, Assistant to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to Dorothea Krimitsas, International Committee of the Red Cross, Jerusalem (26 June 2001)
Letter to A. Bruni, Committee Against Torture (26 June 2001)
Letter to The World Organisation Against Torture (26 June 2001)
PCHR's letter to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (March-April 2001 session)
Oral Statement of PCHR during the 57th Special Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (delivered 29 March 2001)
Letter from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights to the Consul Generals of  European Union Member Countries (as revised/updated 21 March 2001)
PCHR's letter to members of the European Union (16 November 2000)
PCHR's letter to UN Secretary General on Current Events (2 October 2000)
Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Current Events from Palestinian NGOs, including PCHR (2 October 2000)
PCHR's letter to UN Special Rapporteur to the OPT on Current Events (2 October 2000)

PCHR Position Paper for Sharm El-Sheikh Emergency Summit

Petition Submitted to High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention on the Anniversary of High Contracting Parties Meeting on Enforcing Israel’s Respect of the Fourth Geneva Convention (15 July 2000)

Question of the violation of human rights In the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine, Joint oral statement made by Raji Sourani (28 March 2000)

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