Friday, 31 January 2014 06:00

Welcome to the Community of Practice

Dear Visitor, Welcome to the Human Rights (HR) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Secretariat's 'Community of Practice' (CoP). The CoP is a digital platform for interaction between CSOs and HR and IHL practitioners (local and international). The CoP is a major component of the Secretariat’s Strategy and policy dialogue.

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.
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 11:57

Al Haq, Insitutionalised Impunity

Attacks by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank against members of the Palestinian population and their property are an extensive, long-term, and worsening phenomenon. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the number of settler attacks resulting in Palestinian casualties and property damage increased by over 144 percent in 2011, compared to 2009, with an average of eight incidents per week, and over 400 incidents throughout the year. Al-Haq has documented a significant increase in incidents of settler violence against the Palestinian population of the West Bank since 2011. In 2013, the report of the United Nations (UN) ‘Fact-Finding Mission on the Implications of Israeli Settlements on the Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the Palestinian People throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem’ (hereafter UN Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements) highlighted the failure of the Israeli authorities to enforce the law by investigating such incidents and taking measures against their perpetrators. The Fact-Finding Mission came to the “clear conclusion that there is institutionalised discrimination against the Palestinian people when it comes to addressing violence

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