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Gaza under Closure and Rubble, UN Mechanism to Reconstruct Gaza Fails and the Only Solution Is Lifting the Closure

The latest 50-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip launched on 08 July 2014 left extensive destruction to infrastructure and catastrophic impacts on the majority of basic sectors necessary for Gaza population. The offensive, which is considered the cruelest in the Israeli occupation's history, resulted in the destruction of thousands of civilian objects, including thousands of residential units; hundreds of commercial, industrial and agricultural facilities; poultry and animal barns; and dozens of mosques, schools, kindergartens, colleges, universities, hospitals, churches, banks, NGOs, police stations and sport centers. In coincidence with the Israeli military operations, the Israeli-imposed closure has been ongoing for over...

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Justice Slaughtered by Politics;PCHR Shocked by Israel’s Election by UN General Assembly as Vice-Chair of UN Special Committee on Decolonization

  The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is shocked by Israel’s election as Vice-Chairperson of the Special Political and Decolonization/4th Committee in the UN General Assembly.  PCHR emphasizes that this step constitutes a shock to the human conscience and justice everywhere, and denial and disregard for the suffering of millions of Palestinians for more than 66 years, as half of them are under Israeli occupation subjected to flagrant human rights violations and collective punishment measures, while the remaining half have become refugees displaced by the Israeli occupation under a systematic policy that has targeted their very existence since 1948.   Israel...

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Position Paper: PCHR Warns of Prejudice of Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return

     As the moment approaches when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas goes to the United Nations to request recognition of a Palestinian state and to become a member of the United Nations, pressure is increasing in an attempt to force the Palestinian leadership to give up its effort. The US has threatened to halt financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. For its part, Israel is using all of its diplomatic capabilities to convince and induce Member States of the United Nations to object and foil Palestinian efforts. They stress that the only way to achieve a Palestinian state, which the Israeli government approved...

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Position Paper: Palestinian Elections in Light of the Ongoing Fragmentation

  In its session held on 08 February 2011, the Palestinian government in Ramallah decided to organize elections in local councils on Saturday, 09 July 2011, and requested the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to initiate necessary technical preparations.  This decision again opens the controversy over the elections, which reflects the fragmentation in the Palestinian Authority that has been ongoing since June 2007. While the decision has been accepted and welcomed by some political parties, most notably the Fatah movement, it is rejected by other political parties, such as the Hamas movement. It is not the first time that the organization of elections...

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Position Paper: Death Penalty under the Palestinian National Authority

Introduction  The death penalty is one of the most outstanding issues that have the attention of human rights defenders and international legal and human rights organizations. It violates one of the fundamental human rights, which is the cornerstone of other rights, that is the right to life, and constitutes the most severe degree of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment. Consequently, article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights[1]prohibits the use of the death penalty and emphasizes that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” This right, as prescribed by article 5 of the Declaration, includes that “no...

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PCHR Position Paper on the Easing of the Closure of the Gaza Strip

One month after the deadly attack on the humanitarian flottilla heading to Gaza, the Palestinian Centre for  Human Rights (PCHR) releases a new position paper on the illegality of the closure imposed by Israel on the  Gaza Strip and its alleged ‘easing’.   PCHR remarks that the closure is illegal and constitutes a form of collective punishment of the civilian population of Gaza. One month after the killing of nine people and injuries of many more passengers of the humanitarian convoy, which has focused the world’s attention on the suffering of the population of Gaza, nothing has really changed.   PCHR emphasizes that...

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Position Paper on Aggravation of Electricity Crisis in the Gaza Strip

    At midnight on Friday, 25 June 2010, the operation of Gaza Power Plant stopped as the industrial fuel necessary for its operation to produce 65 megawatts of electricity ran out. The stoppage of the operation of the plant coincided with a wave of hot weather in the Gaza Strip and seriously impacted basic services provided to 1.7 million Palestinians, including drinking water and health and sanitation services. The stoppage also caused extreme suffering to at least 36,860 students who have been attending final exams of the Genera Certificate of Education (Tawjihi) since 12 June 2010. Electricity outages increased from 8-12 hours to 10-16...

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