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Forming Administrative Committee in Gaza Strip Does not Solve its Problems

Ref: 21/2017 Media has recently published statements attributed to officials from Hamas Movement about the latter's intention to form an administrative committee in the Gaza Strip. This came after the Change and Reform Bloc issued in August 2016 a law, without publishing it, to form a governmental administrative committee, without publishing it. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with deep concern these statements that portend the practical and complete separation of the Gaza Strip. PCHR calls upon both parties to the political split to assume their responsibilities and immediately work on achieving the reconciliation and holding the general elections. Salah al-Bardawil, Member...

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PCHR Calls upon PA to Respect Right to Peaceful Assembly

Ref: 20/2017 The Palestinian Center for Human rights (PCHR) condemns the Palestinian security services' forcible dispersal of a peaceful protest in Ramallah yesterday. The dispersal was accompanied with arresting and attacking participants, including journalists, with sticks, heavily firing of tear gas canisters and shooting in the air. PCHR calls for a serious investigation into such attacks and bringing perpetrators to justice. PCHR further stresses that the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are ensured under the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights instruments.   According to PCHR's investigations, at approximately 12:00 on Sunday, 12 March 2017, Palestinian activists organized a...

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PCHR Condemns Security Services’ Attack on Peaceful Protest in Ramallah

Ref: 47/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Palestinian security services dispersing a peaceful protest in Ramallah yesterday, which was organized by "Youth Movement", and beating a number of participants, including a lawyer at al-Dameer Association for Supporting Prisoners and Human Rights. Moreover, PCHR calls for a serious investigation into these attacks and bringing the perpetrators to justice. PCHR further stresses the right to peaceful assembly is a basic human right guaranteed in the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights conventions. According to PCHR's investigations and statements of eyewitnesses, at approximately 15:30 on Tuesday, 04 October 2016,...

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PCHR Calls Upon Attorney General to Investigate the Killing of Civilian by Palestinian Security Officers in Jenin

Ref: 32/2016  On Tuesday, 07 June 2016, Adel Nasser Jaradat (21), from Silet al-Harethiya village, northwest of Jenin, was killed by gunfire from Palestinian security services while they were conducting a security operation in the village, during which they used firearms. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned about the incident and calls upon the Attorney General to investigate the case to identify the circumstances in which Jaradat was killed and publish the investigation results. Over the past two days, PCHR carried out investigations about the circumstances of the killing of Jaradat by the Palestinian security services. PCHR's fieldworkers...

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PCHR Issues its 2015 Annual Report

Ref: 23/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) issued its 2015 annual report covering the period from 01 January to 31 December 2015. It should be noted that this is the 19th report of its kind, as PCHR has published annual reports since 1997. The report includes an overview of the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), including war crimes and violations of the international humanitarian and human rights laws committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians throughout the year. The report also addresses violations of human rights and obstacles to democratic reform relevant to the Palestinian Authority...

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PLC Member Najat Abu Baker Continues her Sit-in, PCHR Calls upon Attorney General to Revoke Arrest Warrant against Her in Violation of Basic Law 

Ref: 14/2016 For the 6th consecutive day, Dr. Najat Abu Baker, Member at the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from Fatah Parliamentary Bloc, has continued her sit-in inside the PLC headquarter in Ramallah in the West Bank after the Attorney General had issued an arrest warrant against her on grounds of statements she made accusing a minister of corruption. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) stresses that the arrest warrant was issued in violation of article 53 of the Palestinian Basic Law and calls upon the Attorney General to respect the law and revoke the arrest warrant. In her statements to media,...

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Palestinian Security Services Attempt to Forcibly Fail Teachers’ Sit-in and Establish Checkpoints throughout the West Bank

Ref: 13/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) denounces the Palestinian government's response towards the sit-in, which was organized by teachers at public schools on Tuesday, 23 February 2016, in front of the Council of Ministers in Ramallah.  The sit-in was in protest at the government's not responding to their legitimate demands, and to call for the resignation of Ahmad Suhweil, a Secretary-General of the Palestinian Teachers Union. Moreover, PCHR calls upon the Palestinian government to respect the Union’s right to function freely according to the Palestinian Basic Law and all international human rights standards and to fulfill its obligations...

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PCHR Calls for Investigating Circumstances of Detainee’s Death in Deir al-Balah Investigation Service Facility

Ref: 11/2016 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls upon the Attorney General in Gaza to initiate an investigation in the death of the detainee Salem Eid (40) in Deir al-Balah Investigation Service facility yesterday, few hours after he was arrested, and to publish the investigation results. According to information obtained by PCHR from the victim's family, at approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 17 February 2016, the family of Ashraf Salem Eid (40) was informed of Ashraf's death while he was detained in Deir al-Balah Investigation Service facility and the corpse was transported to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Monir Salem Eid...

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PCHR Calls for Immediate Release of Dr. Abdul Satar Qassem

  Ref: 09/2016 On 04 February 2016, Nablus Magistrates' Court issued a decision to extend the detention of Abdul Satar Qasem (67), lecturer at al-Najah University, for 15 more days pending investigation. This decision was issued after the Attorney General accused Qasem of slandering prominent figures and inciting sectarian feuds. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for the immediate release of Dr. Qasem until the court considers his case. Moreover, PCHR highlights that detaining those accused of exceeding the freedom of expression pending investigation violates article 19 of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) binding-International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),...

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Internal Security Services Arrest 2 Activists in Gaza, PCHR Concerned and Calls upon Attorney General to Follow up and Clarify Arrest Circumstances to Public Opinion

Ref: 01/2016 On Sunday, 03 January 2016, Palestinian Internal Security Services (ISS) arrested two social media activists identified as journalist Ayman Ghazi Mustafa al-'Aloul (44), Editor in Chief of Arab Now Agency, and Ramzi Subhi Hasan Herzallah (27), who works in a currency exchange shop. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is concerned that the arrest might be on grounds of practicing their right to the freedom of opinion and expression. PCHR also calls upon the Attorney General in Gaza to follow up and clarify the circumstances to the public opinion. According to PCHR's investigations and families of the arrested persons,...

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