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How this new divorce law further marginalizes Gaza’s women

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Higher Sharia Court Council in the Gaza Strip issued a decision Feb. 7 granting a husband the right to file for divorce if his wife subjects him to verbal or physical abuse. The ruling has angered the feminist community, because it gives the husband the opportunity to divorce …

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Mapping the Palestinian Complaints-Handling System

Complaints-handling mechanisms help citizens report mistreatment and abuses of power. They also allow government institutions to receive feedback on their work and actions. They thus act as a rare point of contact and feedback between citizens and their government or security forces. By receiving, addressing and investigating individual complaints, this system helps to prevent human rights abuses, eliminate malpractice and contribute to overall good governance.

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Author(s): Abdelhadi Al-Barghouthi, Nora-Elise Beck, Fatima Itawi, Ali Karakra, Regula Kaufmann, Arnold Luethold, Nicolas Masson, Jane Rice, Kamel Rimawi, Majed Saleh, Felix Tusa, Zoltan Venczel

PA reverses seizure of former PM's funds

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian High Court of Justice decided on Wednesday to cancel the seizure of funds belonging to an NGO headed by ex-prime minister and former IMF and World Bank official Salam Fayyad.The Palestinian Authority seized the funds from Fayyad’s non-profit Future for Palestine organization on June 22, …

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West Bank women look to divorce marital status from IDs

Author: Ahmad Melhem RAMALLAH, West Bank — While Palestinian journalist Nahed Abu Taima was looking to rent a home in the West Bank city of Ramallah, she had great difficulty as a divorced woman in finding a landlord willing to rent to her. Abu Taima, 43, who works as the …

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Divorced women in Gaza denied custody rights

Author: Hana Salah GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On March 17, Jordanian authorities arrested Rola al-Amin, a Jordanian-Palestinian Al Jazeera English reporter, after she claimed custody of her 5-year-old daughter. Her arrest attracted media attention and generated solidarity among Palestinian women, who took to social media platforms not because Amin’s detention was unprecedented or simply because they …

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Palestinian court drops case against ex-Fatah strongman Dahlan

RAMALLAH (AFP) — A Palestinian court on Sunday dismissed a high-profile corruption case against exiled Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a defense lawyer told AFP. Sevag Torossian said the Ramallah-based corruption court had ruled that the charges against Dahlan — once a leading figure in Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party …

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Divorce in Gaza comes at steep price

Author: Mohammed Othman GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Three years ago, Samira Jamil reached a dead end. She had no choice but to divorce her husband by khula, whereby a wife financially compensates her husband. Jamil, whose name has been changed for this article, told Al-Monitor that the main reason …

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Palestinians draw line at criminal court

Source Asia Times UNITED NATIONS – When Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas decided to defy the United States and Israel over stalled peace negotiations, he formally indicated to the United Nations last week that Palestine will join 15 international conventions relating mostly to the protection of human rights and treaties governing …

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