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UN rights group concludes evaluation of Palestinians living under occupation

17 July 2017 – A committee of United Nations experts has completed its annual evaluation of the situation of people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, hearing serious concerns about Israel’s human rights record, including the deteriorating situation in Gaza, inadequate protection for detained children and increasing obstacles being faced by …

“MADA” demands the immediate release of detained journalists

Ramallah – (9/7-2017) – The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) is gravely concerned about the drastically rising number of Palestinian Violations and the continuation and escalation of internal violations against media freedoms.   As the most recent of which, was the arrest of the correspondent of “Palestine …

Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …

Open Letter to UNSG Re Slandering statements against Palestinian NGOs Al-Haq and Al-Mezan

OPEN LETTER – THE OBSERVATORY H.E. Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid CC. Andrew Gilmour, Representative of the UN Secretary General on Reprisals CC. Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders July 4, 2017   …

Palestinian security forces to vote early in local elections

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Voting in upcoming municipal elections will be held two days early for members of the Palestinian security forces, according to official Palestinian news agency Wafa. Citing a statement from the Central Elections Commission (CEC), Wafa reported that the elections, which are scheduled to be held in the …

Poll: 36% of Palestinian youth will shun local elections

  A recent poll showed a decline in the percentage of Palestinian youth who will participate in the local elections scheduled in the occupied West Bank on 13 May. The Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), which conducted the survey, said: “There are worrying signs of a low percentage …

Hamdallah signs off on recommendations made by fact-finding commission

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has committed to implementingrecommendations made in a report released on Monday by a fact-finding commission, which notably called for Palestinian forces to be punished for using unjustified force against a peaceful protest in Ramallah, while also recommending that legal action be taken …

PHROC ‘supports activist Omar Barghouthi in resisting Israeli actions’

PNN/ Ramallah/ The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) on Wednesday expressed its support for human rights activist and founding member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), Omar Barghouthi, in confronting Israeli actions that target his activism locally and abroad. According to PHROC, Barghouthi has recently been the victim …

Committee investigating anti-PA protests to submit results in coming days

(File) RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A committee formed to probe “events between protesters and Palestinian security forces” last week — when Palestinian police beat protesters and smashed journalists’ equipment — is to submit the results of the investigation by Wednesday, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) said. The director of …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …