|Improving Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in OPT|
In January 2010, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) launched a three-year project entitled Improving Awareness and Respect for Human Rights in occupied Palestinian territory (OPT). The project, which will be implemented until December 2012, is funded by the European Union and Oxfam Novib with a total budget of 964,680 Euro (approximately 5,151,650 NIS) over the course of three years. The project constitutes an integral part of PCHR's long-term efforts to work for the promotion of human rights and reinforcement of democracy in Palestinian society.
The project aims to create improved awareness of and respect for human rights in the OPT in the context of systematic violations of fundamental freedoms and decreasing political pluralism. Through a variety of activities, it seeks to empower local and international actors to challenge violations of the freedoms of movement, expression, information, assembly and association in the OPT by improving access to information about violations, providing legal aid, conducting trainings and by lobbying local and international targets.
Target Groups and Beneficiaries
The project will benefit victims of human rights violations and their families, as well as the population in the OPT at large. Specifically, the activities will target:
· Victims of human rights violations, 9000 of whom receive free-of-charge legal aid;
· Members of civil society such as journalists, young lawyers and activists, community groups in remote areas;
· 100 PNA officials (West Bank & Gaza governments) who are lobbied to end violations;
· 150 Diplomats and UN staff members;
· International human rights NGOs;
· Governments of third parties and intergovernmental organizations;
· Local and international media outlets.
Within the frame of the project, a wide variety of activities will be implemented by PCHR's various specialized units. They can be broadly summarized in the following manner:
· Monitoring, documenting and reporting Israeli and Palestinian human rights violations in the OPT;
· Training and awareness-raising for professionals, young activists and the local community on human rights issues;
· Free-of-charge legal counseling and representation;
· Lobbying and advocacy on the PNA and international levels.
The project will result in the following achievements:
· Availability of reliable data and reports on human rights violations;
· Increased local awareness on human rights for 950 professionals and activists and 6000 community members in the Gaza Strip;
· Access to and provision of legal aid for 9000 victims of human rights violations;
· International pressure urging the reinforcement of Human Rights and implementation of rule of law by PNA governments.