A central principle of PCHR's work is that a just,
lasting and comprehensive peace in the region, as well as the healthy
development of Palestinian society, must be built on a foundation of respect
for human rights and democratic principles.
Since 1994 the OPT has been governed loosely
according to the principles and administrative institutions established under
the 1994 Oslo Accords signed between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation
and Israel. Having conducted extensive legal assessment of the human rights
situation within the OPT since the implementation of the Accords, PCHR
concludes that fundamental human rights values have not been an integral part
of the political structures established.
PCHR deems that the Oslo Accords and the subsequent
political negotiations will not challenge the Israeli occupation of the OPT and
its resulting human rights abuses. In the years following Oslo, Israeli
settlements and military installations have dramatically expanded and solidified their presence within the OPT and
the apartheid regime of separation and discrimination between Israeli’s and
Palestinians has been strengthened. As such, the Oslo process has sacrificed
human rights values in the name of political expediency, ignoring the
inalienability of Palestinian human rights.
The result has been neither human rights nor an
improved political situation for Palestinians resident both inside and outside
the OPT. The essential conditions for any just resolution of the Palestinian
question: the right of return for Palestinian refugees and internally displaced
persons to their homes of origin, a state based on 1967 borders with its
capital in East Jerusalem and the removal of Israeli settlers from all of the
OPT, have become compromised with time.
The challenges related to the ongoing deterioration
of the human rights situation in the OPT has intensified the need for a strong
civil society informed by democratic human rights ideals, democratic
institutions and a just legal system. PCHR works to defend human rights
standards in the OPT from abuses by Israeli occupation forces. We are also
committed to monitoring de facto Palestinian authority’s observance of international
human rights norms and democratic practices.
PCHR strongly believes that any political solution
to the Palestinian question not based on human rights is neither just nor
sustainable. We will continue, through monitoring, reporting and advocacy, to
demand of Palestinian authorities and the international community that the
highest level of protection is given to Palestinians, leading to Palestinian self-determination and
independence as in accordance with international law and UN resolutions.