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Despite the Complete Closure of Crossings and Airports Due to Coronavirus Spread, PCHR Receives Special Approval for the Return of Child to Gaza from Germany

Date: 30 March 2020  Despite the complete closure of crossings and airports due to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) succeeded in returning a 6-year-old child (B. Sh.) to the Gaza Strip after receiving medical treatment in Germany. On Wednesday, 25 March 2020, the child's family submitted an appeal to PCHR, in which they expressed their extreme fear their sick child, alone in Germany, might get infected with  the coronavirus. The family called upon PCHR to immediately intervene to save their child's life and secure his return to the Gaza Strip. PCHR immediately began its legal and...

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2nd Anniversary of the Great March of Return: Impunity Continues to Prevail.

From 30 March 2018 until 27 December 2019 (86 weeks), thousands of Palestinians participated in the weekly Great March of Return (GRM) protests along the eastern parts of the Gaza Strip demanding an end to the 13-year inhumane and illegal Israeli closure and the realization of the right of the return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants, enshrined in international law.[1] In response, Israeli occupation suppressed the protests since the very beginning by using live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and gas canisters against civilian unarmed protestors, who were posing no threat to the well-equipped, protected, and distant Israeli soldiers. According to...

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Palestinian Shot and Wounded by Unknown Persons in Nablus

  On Sunday evening, a Palestinian man sustained serious live-bullet wounds in his head after he was shot by unknown persons in al-'Ain refugee camp, west of Nablus.  This incident falls under misuse of weapons and attack on the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 23:50 on Sunday, 29 March 2020, unknown gunmen opened fire at Ghassan Mohamed Hussain al-Baie'ah (27) while he was near al-Quds University’s former campus, on Tunis Street, west of Nablus. Ghassan was shot with a live bullet in his head...

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PCHR Calls on Authorities to Tighten their Procedures to Ensure that Citizens do not Gather in Public Places in the Gaza Strip

Ref: 29/2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is closely monitoring the preventive measures taken by the Gaza Strip authorities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially those related to citizens' gathering in public places. PCHR believes that these measures will remain inadequate if they were not strictly implemented by the government or without the full commitment of Palestinian citizens in the Gaza Strip to the instructions issued by competent authorities banning gatherings in public areas in order to preserve their health and the safety of society. The issue of non-compliance with preventive measures and lack of adherence...

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PCHR Welcomes Prime Minister Shtayyeh’s Decision to Cancel Financial Retirement for the Gaza Strip PA Employees

Ref: 27/2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the decision of Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh to cancel the financial retirement for the Gaza Strip PA employees. PCHR believes that this rightful decision redresses these employees and would eliminate the suffering they endured over the past two years. Shtayyeh stated in a press conference held on Sunday, 29 March 2020, that the Palestinian Government, under the guidance of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, decided to cancel the financial retirement for public servants in the Gaza Strip starting next month (April), pointing out that the retirement will be optional. He added...

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Fisherman Wounded and Fishing Nets Confiscated, Israeli Naval Forces’ Attacks Continue against Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza Strip

Ref:  28/2020 The Israeli naval forces continued their attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea preventing them from sailing and fishing freely, without posing any threat to the lives of Israeli naval forces deployed in Gaza water. According to the investigations of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 06:00 on Sunday, 29 March 2020, Israeli gunboats stationed northwest of Beit Lahia in northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at 2 Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the allowed fishing area (3 nautical miles). As a result, a fisherman, who was on board, was shot and injured with a rubber bullet....

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COVID-19 State of Emergency: Powers and Restrictions Under Palestinian and International Law

  Introduction   On 05 March 2020, the Palestinian President issued a decree declaring a 30-day state of emergency to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Palestine. The Presidential decree bestowed upon the Prime Minister and relevant authorities the powers to “take all necessary measures to combat the threat of COVID-19, protect public health and achieve security and stability.” In suit, the Prime Minister announced several measures that included shutting educational institutions and other official institutions; restrictions on the freedoms of movement and expression; restrictions relevant to mandatory quarantine; and other relevant restrictions. Through this paper, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)...

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