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Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

The Full English Translation of the Palestinian Cyber Crime Law

Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine, on June 24th, 2017. Below you can find the full translation of the new Palestinian cyber crime law that was introduced by Mahmoud …

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 …

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 …

PHROC Draws Attention to the Repression of Human Rights Defenders in Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the OPT

This week, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) submitted information to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967 for his upcoming report to the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. The submission highlights the repressive environment within which human …

Civil Society Creates Crisis Management Cell to Oversee Executive Authority Actions

Palestinian civil society organisations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), including The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Network (PNGO), the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), the Independent Commission for Human Rights, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN), and the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee, met on Sunday 20 March 2016. During the …

Israeli authorities release prominent ICHR lawyer

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli court on Tuesday released a director for the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) who was detained last week during a peaceful protest marking the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi mosque massacre, a lawyer with the ICHR said.Alaa Ghneimat said Israeli authorities released lawyer Farid …