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New Death Sentence Issued in Gaza: PCHR Calls for Respecting Palestine’s International Obligations and Abolishing the Death Penalty

Ref: 76/2020 Date: 18 August 2020 Time: 11:37 GMT   On Tuesday, 18 August 2020, the First Instance Court in Khan Yunis issued a death sentence by hanging against S. H. (31), from Rafah after convicting him with the murder of (M. H.) on 18 August 2018 in a family dispute in al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah.   This is the 14th sentence of its kind issued in 2020, including (9) new sentences. Thereby, the total number of death sentences issued since 1994 reached 228; 30 in the West Bank and 198 in the Gaza Strip, of which 140 were issued after 2007, and none were...

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HAYA Joint Programme to Eliminate Violence against Women: PCHR Concludes Five Training Courses for Educational Institutions’ Staff

 Ref: 38/2020  Date: 18 August 2020   The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) concluded five training courses under the HAYA Joint Programme “Awareness-Raising and Capacity Building for Educational Institutions’ Staff to Eliminate Violence against Women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”   These training courses were conducted in cooperation with United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to train UNRWA school teachers across the Gaza Strip. Each course (twenty-five training hours) was held over the course of five days; 122 teachers and educational counselors received training, including 80 women (65.5% participation).   PCHR started these training courses on 23 February 2020, but the activities were interrupted...

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PCHR’s Women’s Rights Unit Holds Panel Discussion: “Sharia Courts for the Best Interest of Children”

  Ref: 37/2020 Date:18 August 2020 On Monday, 17 August 2020, the Women’s Rights Unit at the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) organized a panel discussion titled: “Sharia Courts for the Best Interest of Children.” The panel discussion was held in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, and was attended by Dr. Omar Nofal, Supreme Sharia Court judge, and representatives of the Sharia Courts Council, Sharia judges, Sharia Lawyers Association, women institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs), and  a number of specialized Sharia lawyers.   Majeda Shehada, PCHR's women’s rights researcher, opened the meeting by welcoming the attendees and pointed out that this meeting is...

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