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Monday, 25 January 2016 10:35

Miftah: Annual Report 2014

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VISION
An independent, democratic and sovereign Palestinian state, which
grants Palestinians their basic rights, preserves their dignity, and
enjoys international recognition and respect.
MISSION
Established in Jerusalem in December 1998, MIFTAH seeks to
promote the principles of democracy and good governance within
various components of Palestinian society; it further seeks to
engage local and international public opinion and official circles on
the Palestinian cause. To that end, MIFTAH adopts the mechanisms
of an active and in-depth dialogue, the free flow of information and
ideas, as well as local and international networking

Monday, 16 March 2015 14:39

National Developmet Plan 2014-2016

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This is the officially released version of the National Development Plan for the Palestinian National Authority, dated 10 June 2014. This is a product of the tri annual national planning process, which has begun in 2007.

The people of Atir–Umm al-Hieran in the Naqab (Negev), Arab Bedouin who hold Israeli citizenship, have been fighting for years against the state’s plans to evict them and replace their vilage of 1,000 with a Jewish city. Read about their history and struggle.

In its report to the UN HRC Commission of Inquiry, dated 31 January 2015, the The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem (CCPRJ) puts the human rights situation which has developed since June 2014 in the context of Israel's continued occupation of East Jerusalem, and the violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the occupied city. However, CCPRJ argues that the "Israeli practices of discrimination, dispossession and repression towards Palestinians in East Jerusalem reached extraordinary levels during the military operations conducted in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June 2014."

This presentation offers a number of indicators during the period January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015, which reflect the lack of respect of the State of Israeli occupation for Human rights conventions and international humanitarian law in the oPt, particularly in the Gaza Strip, in this context, I present four major issues, represented by: indicators of human rights situation, especially in light of obstructing the work of reconstruction, Buffer zones on Land & Sea, The suffering of patients at Beit Hanoun crossing, and IOF’s blocking the right to appropriate treatment and the right to freedom of travel, the suffering of the families of detainees in the Gaza Strip. With recommendations in order to ensure compliance of the State of Israel as an occupying Power with international legal and humanitarian obligations.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 10:19

Palestinian Women in the Cycle of Violence

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An analytical study of cases of Palestinian women who suffered from violence and discriminatory policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The project of combating violence against women in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is jointly implemented by Women’s Affairs Center in Gaza Strip and Women’s Studies Centre in Jerusalem. It aims to break the wall of silence regarding violence exercised against women in all its forms. Violence against women is still a low priority issue, often disregarded for different reasons and under different pretexts. Sometimes the reasons for limiting the fight against violence against women are due to customs and traditions, however, other times it is due to harmful and erroneous religious interpretations, yet still, other reasons for its low priority are due to ignorance, indifference or conspiracy theory linked to foreign influence that aims at undermining the Palestinian social values, culture and priorities. However, even while holding women’s priorities low on the political agenda, there are still women suffering from violence, homeless children, separated families and a society that loses its values and cohesion. The society continues to fall even further away from achieving the objectives of freedom, dignity, and equality. Freedom is a door with one key, dignity. This key is the same for all people regardless of their gender, religion or age. This project, that we aspire to turn into a permanent program, aims at spreading awareness in the Palestinian society on the risks of the continuation of exercising violence against women, by working and networking with different public, youth and women’s organizations. In the process, we stress the integrity of the two parts of the Palestinian homeland (West Bank and Gaza Strip), coordinating work for a unified project comprising young men and women from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These young men and women will try to fulfill the same objectives and unified strategies with the aim of eliminating violence against women in the Palestinian society.
In December 2009, PCATI released the report entitled Accountability Denied,1 which details the manner in which the Attorney General has systematically disregarded hundreds of complaints of torture and ill treatment submitted between 2001 and 2009. The report served to lay the groundwork for PCATI’s subsequent legal and public advocacy efforts, which today focus on attacking the various institutional mechanisms that stand in the way of accountability and ultimately underlie the continued use of torture and ill treatment by the Israel Security Agency.
This report is an update of previous reports by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), which discuss the issues hindering the delivery of justice to Palestinian victims of violations of international law.1 It supports the conclusions of previous reports and provides an update with respect to the status of cases filed by PCHR, as of 25 March 2013.

This case study sheds light on Um al Kheir Village situation, which constitutes a case of targeting Bedouin by the Israelis occupation authorities. The case study includes analyses of the situation of Um al Kheir village, identifies violations of international human rights and humanitarian law provisions, and highlights the discriminatory nature of the Israeli legal system.

This project adopts a holistic approach in working towards a Palestinian constitution based on the HRs/IHL and societal consensus. Hence, the basis are a wide societal dialogue, 7 of the 15 signed UN conventions (from now on 'the conventions') which are in the realms of MUSAWA's focus area1 and sections of the suggested draft constitution which are in MUSAWA's field of expertise2. For the conventions to have a real impact on the ground, legislation has to be developed which is aligned with them to guarantee citizens their basic rights. A comparative study at the beginning of the project highlights the weaknesses and discrepancies of Palestinian law3 in light of and with the conventions. Workshops and round table discussions are held before in Gaza and the West Bank before and after the first draft of sections of the suggested draft constitution. A wide public dialogue is held through traditional and social media to garner as much societal support for the final document as possible. Lobbying will occur at the end of the project and thereafter, not only by Musawa but in conjunction with other stakeholders.
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Ramallah
Ras Al-Tahouneh ST, near Al-Muqata'a
Al-Bireh, Palestine
Phone: 02 297 4563/4
Fax: 02 297 4565
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Gaza
Tomouh Building (Jawwal), Al-Jala'
Gaza City, Palestine
Phone: 08 288 3115
Fax: 08 288 3114
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