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17 West Bank Palestinian municipalities, 3 human rights groups petition Israeli Supreme Court against Settlements Law
JLAC Succeeds in canceling the demolition order regarding Arab Al-Rashaydeh School in Al-Nweimah
Unprecedented Collective Punishment Measures against Palestinians in Jabal al Mukabir in East Jerusalem
PHROC and PNGO Welcome UN Security Council's Resolution No. 2334
PHROC Calls for Immediate and Decisive Confrontation of Israel Legalizing Piracy
JLAC published a new newsletter on December 2016.
Press Release in Response to the Prime Minister’s Statement on NGOs Work
Position Paper on the Current Funding Crisis of UNRWA
Position Paper on the Current Funding Crisis of UNRWA, International Responsibility and a Framework of Short and Long-term International Interventions Necessary for Maintaining the Functioning of UNRWA, and Ensuring Fundamental Rights of Palestine Refugees
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Press Release: Legal Memorandum by JLAC in Relation to Israeli Blockades in East Jerusalem
The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) recently sent a Legal Memorandum to the relevant Israeli authorities; in order to remove the blockades placed at the entrances of a number of Palestinians neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, as initial step toward litigation.
PCHRO condemns the violent attacks by PA police forces on peaceful demonstrations
3 July 2012 As organizations dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations (PCHRO) condemns the recent violent attacks by Palestinian Authority (PA) police forces on peaceful demonstrations and demands that the perpetrators of these violations be prosecuted.
Joint submission to FACT-FINDING Mission on Israeli Settlements in the oPt by PHROC
PHROC commends the members of the Mission for the accessibility and flexibility demonstrated by their engagement with civil society organisations and rights holders to date. We further appreciate the broad legal scope the Mission has adopted. Nonetheless, PHROC is compelled to express its concern regarding apparent operational restrictions placed on the Mission, namely the limited timeframe and budget, which may encumber its ability to conduct and fulfil its responsibilities to the extent we believe its mandate permits.
PHROC Mourns the Loss of Nelson Mandela
The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) offers its deepest condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa. The death of Mandela is a tremendous loss, not only for South Africa, but also for the entire world.
Press Release: The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center Demand Extradition of Victim’ Bodies.
50 Palestinian Bodies Remain in Unlawfully Israeli Custody in Violation to International Law and Ethical Principles
Representatives of official, civil, and public entities are demanding investigation into the extrajudicial killings and retrieval of the withheld bodies.
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) statement on BDS movement
PHROC new statement
Punitive Residency Revocation: the most recent tool of forcible transfer
six Palestinian human rights organizations (Al-Quds University's Community Action Center, St. Yves, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, Badil, Al-Haq and Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic) prepared a statement concerning the "Punitive residency revocation: the most recent tool of forcible transfer in Jerusalem", which aimed at raising awareness of the international community on the alarming use of the punitive residency policy by Israel. As part of a 49-year-long occupation, Israel has taken advantage of a wave of violence in Jerusalem over the past six months to implement policies and practices aiming at forcibly transferring Palestinians from the City. In a dangerous precedent, the Israeli Minister of Interior has punitively revoked the residencies of at least a dozen Palestinians on the basis of “breach of allegiance to the state of Israel”. Requiring Palestinians to have loyalty towards the occupying power is a blatant violation of International Humanitarian Law, which prohibits the imposition of swearing allegiance to the Occupying Power. If the criterion of allegiance is not suppressed before it is cemented in Israeli law, this opens the door for the displacement of thousands of Palestinians from East Jerusalem as a form of collective punishment.
The Nakba at 68: A catastrophe born of discrimination and impunity
As Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (approximately 66% of Palestinian population worldwide) enter the 69th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland, Israel continues to create intolerable living conditions which further swell the number of displaced Palestinians. This ongoing Nakba (‘catastrophe’) is perpetuated through Israel’s denial of the Palestinian refugees’ Right of Return, the right to self-determination, and various other Israeli policies, which give rise to forced displacement of Palestinians, including forcible transfer and deportation, as grave breaches of international law. These policies are framed within the wider gamut of perpetual human rights violations being committed by Israel on both sides of the green line, across the entirety of the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.
PHROC Dismayed by Israel's Election to Chair the General Assembly's Legal Sixth Committee
On 13 June 2016, Israel won a vote to chair the United Nations Legal Affairs Sixth Committee (hereinafter the Committee), with the support of 109 member states and no votes against. The Committee acts as the central space through which legal questions are brought before the General Assembly. For 2016-2017, the agenda of the Committee will include measures to eliminate international terrorism, the rule of law at national and international levels, and responsibility of States for internationally wrongful acts, amongst others.
The Occupation’s Decision to Transfer Recently withheld Bodies to the Cemeteries of Numbers in an Effort to Conceal Evidence of their Crimes
A ministerial committee within the Israel Occupation’s cabinet, has issued a series of decisions that serve to collectively punish the Palestinian people. Such includes a decision to transfer the corpses of twelve victims (three of whom are female) currently withheld in refrigerators at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. Some of the victims have been held in the refrigerators for more than ten months, denying their families the right to bury and mourn their children in accordance to their faith.
JLAC & Adalah: Order to close Palestinian businesses following stabbing attack is vengeful collective punishment
Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC) sent a letter on 22 September 2016 to Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, and Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, calling on them to halt further implementation of policies of vengeful collective punishment forcing the closure of Arab-owned businesses in East Jerusalem.
JLAC Demands Clarifications...
Jerusalem Center for Human Rights and Legal Aid (JLAC) addressed a strong letter to the deputy mayor of Jerusalem and the head of Planning and Building committee, Mai’r Turjman, requesting a clarification regarding his statement to impose collective punishments against Jerusalemites, after the latest attack that took place in the city. In his statement Mr. Turjman indicated that all planning and licensing requests submitted by Jerusalemites to the municipality will be put aside, and that “the carrot-and-stick policy pursued by the municipality has failed as the carrot now is gone while the stick prevailed.”
Unprecedented Collective Punishment Measures against Palestinians in Jabal al Mukabir in East Jerusalem
Jabal al Mukabir neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem is being subjected to a campaign of collective punishment measures carried out by the Israeli occupation police, municipality, security forces and ministries. This includes the decision by the Israeli Minister of Interior to revoke the residencies of 12 members of the Al Qanbar family to-date, and delivering demolition notices for 81 houses in Al Qanabara neighborhood, on the pretext of building without a permit. Other punitive collective measures have unlawfully been targeting the entire population of Jabal al Mukabir, which included the closure of main roads resulting in the disruption of the movement of people and public transport. This has undermined the ability to provide medical aid in the area.
17 West Bank Palestinian municipalities, 3 human rights groups petition Israeli Supreme Court against Settlements Law
Seventeen Palestinian municipalities and three human rights organizations from the West Bank, Israel, and Gaza Strip jointly petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court on 8 February 2017 to cancel the highly controversial Settlement Regularization Law on the grounds that it violates international humanitarian law and is unconstitutional. The petition was filed by Attorneys Suhad Bishara and Mysanna Morany of Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Attorney Shaheen Suleiman of the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center (JLAC) on behalf of the local Palestinian authorities (15 rural councils and two municipalities). The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza also joined the case as a petitioner.
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