|PCHR Receives a Number of International Visitors and Diplomats|
|Written by PCHR|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00|
On 04 July 2012, Deputy Director for Program Affairs of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights' (PCHR), Hamdi Shaqqura, received Mr. Gilles Cerutti, Human Rights and IHL Adviser at the Representative Office of Switzerland to the Palesttinian Authority, in PCHR’s head office in Gaza City.
This visit is part of frequent visits by staff members from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to PCHR in order to review the human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), particularly in the Gaza Strip. The meeting discussed the human rights situation in the oPt and of the most prominent Israeli violations and policies against Palestinian civilians and their property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Also on 04 July, Shaqqura received Mr. Stephen Mccloskey, Director of the Center for Global Education. The Center for Global Education is an Irish organization with whom PCHR has strong cooperation and coordination relationships. The meeting addressed the human rights situation and the unprecedented deterioration in the Gaza Strip, especially the denial of economic and social rights.
On 03 July 2012, PCHR received Mrs. Maria Bjernevi, Consul of Development Cooperation at the Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem in her last visit to the Gaza Strip, and the new Consul of Development Cooperation, Mr. Frederik Westerholm. Mrs. Bjernevi and Mr. Westerholm met with PCHR Director Mr. Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, and with Mr. Shaqurra. During the meeting, PCHR's work and activities and PCHR's different units were introduced to the new Consul. PCHR’s representatives appreciated the support provided by Mrs. Bjernevi to Palestinian civil society organizations and hoped for continued cooperation with the Consulate General of Sweden in the era of the new Consul. In addition, the meeting addressed the conditions of the Palestinian civilians in view of the increasing Israeli violations in the oPt. Iin particular, the meeting focused on the measures taken by the Israeli authorities at the level of the ongoing closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the impacts of the closure that prevent Palestinian civilians from enjoying their rights which are guaranteed under international human rights instruments.
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