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Legislative Guidance Tool for States to Regulate Private Military and Security Companies

The Legislative Guidance Tool offers a blueprint for legislators to create policies and laws which are in line with internationally recognised good practices. It is aimed at parliamentarians and law and policymakers who undertake to develop new or update existing laws for national legislation of the private military and security …

Montreux Document

The Montreux Document reaffirms the existing obligations of States under international law, in particular, international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law, relating to the activities of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in situations of armed conflict. The Document also lists good practices to assist States in implementing these obligations. Although …

Cabinet vows to investigate Human Rights Watch findings

The Palestinian Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, reviewed in its weekly meeting on Wednesday the latest Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian areas and vowed to investigate its findings and recommendations in cooperation with all related parties and authorities, according …

Human Rights Watch praises repeal of articles against women in Palestinian law

The international rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), praised on Thursday the Palestinian Authority’s recent repeal of what it said were “certain discriminatory provisions against women” in Palestinian law, describing the act as “a good first step toward what should be the repeal of a series of such measures.”

جهود “تنمية واعلام المرأة- تام” تثمر بتعديل قانون العقوبات

اصدر مجلس الوزراء قرارا بتعديل قانون العقوبات رقم 16 لعام 1960، بإضافة فقرة خامسة للمادة 99 تنص على أن يستثنى من أحكام هذه المادة جرائم قتل النساء على خلفية “شرف العائلة”

Will end of land-for-pay program kill Palestinian reconciliation?

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Nov. 7, Minister of Local Governance Hussein al-Araj announced that all government land allocated after Oct. 2, 2017, in the Gaza Strip was done illegally. New allocations of land are postponed until further notice. The land allocation issue evolved from Hamas not being able …

Palestine takes its first step as Interpol member state

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — On Oct. 12, at a meeting in Ramallah of the committee formed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to follow up on his country’s accession to Interpol, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah decided to establish the Interpol National Central Bureau for Palestine. This comes after Interpol approved the membership of the Palestinian territories at …

Surveillance of Palestinians and the Fight for Digital Rights

  Overview Surveillance of Palestinians has always been an integral part of Israel’s colonial project. Before the creation of the state of Israel, squads from the Zionist paramilitary group the Haganah roamed Palestinian villages and cities, gathering information on Palestinian residents. Such surveillance over Palestinian lives continued after Israel’s 1967 …