Posts Tagged ‘PCHR’

Israel: Noch Fragen?

Donnerstag, September 29th, 2011

Pchr ltd

“Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (22 – 28 Sep. 2011)


Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)


· A Palestinian civilian was killed and another 7 ones, including a child, were wounded by IOF in Qasra village, southeast of Nablus.


· IOF continued to attack Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip.


· OF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.

    - 18 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, and a French human rights defender were wounded.


· IOF conducted 36 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

    - IOF arrested 4 Palestinians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council.


· Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.


· IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

    - IOF approved the construction of 1,100 housing units in “Gilo” settlement, south of occupied Jerusalem.

    - IOF confiscated 148 dunums[1] of land in Battir village, west of Bethlehem.

    - Israeli settlers burnt 590 trees.

    - Israeli settlers placed racist banners against Palestinians on the main roads in the West Bank.



Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (22 – 28 September 2011):



During the reporting period, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 25 others, including 7 children, and a French human rights defender in the West Bank.

On 23 September 2011, IOF killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another 7 ones, including a child, when they moved into Qasra village, southeast of Nablus, to provide protection to a group of Israeli settlers who raided Palestinian lands in the village

During the reporting period, IOF used excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to Israeli settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall in the West Bank. As a result, 18 Palestinian civilians, including 6 children, and a French human rights defender were wounded and dozens of Palestinian civilians and international human rights defenders suffered from tear gas inhalation.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the Gaza Strip. No fishermen were hurt, but Israeli naval troops confiscated and damaged some fishing nets.



During the reporting period, IOF conducted at least 36 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, during which they arrested 4 Palestinian civilians, including a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council who was arrested by an undercover unit from the yard of the ICRC office in Jerusalem.


Restrictions on Movement:

Israel had continued to impose a tightened siege on the OPT and imposed severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.


The full report is available online at:–28-sep-2011&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183


[1] One dunum is equal to 1,000 square meters.”


(Quelle: PCHR.)

Gaza: Militärgericht verhängt Todesstrafe

Donnerstag, September 23rd, 2010

Gaza Military Court Sentences Palestinian Man to Death by Firing Squad

On Wednesday, 22 September 2010, the Permanent Military Court in Gaza sentenced Omar Hmeidan Kaware’, 28, from Khan Yunis, to death by firing squad after convicting him of collaboration with enemy parties.

The Court was convened by Judge Ayman Imad Addin, acting as a president, and judges Husam Shehada and Sami al-Ashram as members. They sentenced Kaware’ to death in accordance with Article 131(a) of the 1979 Palestinian Penal Law.

The number of death sentences issued by Palestinian courts during 2010 now stands at 5 sentences, all in the Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) notes that the 1979 Palestinian Penal Law is the Revolutionary Penal Code of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).  It is unconstitutional within the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) as it has not been presented to, nor approved by, the legislature.  PCHR has repeatedly called for its abolition as it violates international fair trial standards.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued application of the death penalty in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and:

1.          Emphasizes the right of the PNA to prosecute traitors and collaborators for their treason to their national cause, people and families, as they are an integral part of the Israeli occupation, but stresses the right of everyone to fair trial that ensures deterring punishment while maintaining his/her human dignity, and reiterates that its opposition to the death penalty is in principle professional and moral.

2.          Calls upon the PNA to announce an immediate moratorium on the use of capital punishment, which violates international human rights standards and instruments, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (1966), and the UN Convention against Torture (1984);

3.          Calls upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to ratify these cruel and inhumane sentences, and to prevent their implementation;

4.          Reiterates that abolishing the death penalty does not imply leniency towards dangerous criminals, who must be subjected to punishment that acts as a deterrent, but also maintains human dignity;

5.          Calls upon the PNA to stop the application of the PLO Revolutionary Penal Code of 1979 as it is unconstitutional; and

6.          Calls upon the PNA to review all legislation relative to the death penalty, especially Law No. 74 (1936) that remains in effect in the Gaza Strip, and the Jordanian Penal Code No. 16 (1960) that remains in effect in the West Bank, and to enact a unified penal code that conforms to the spirit of international human rights instruments, especially those pertaining to the abolition of the death penalty.


(Quelle: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.)

Palästina: Hamas-Repression gegen NGOs

Mittwoch, Juni 2nd, 2010

“PCHR Is Concerned over the Closure of NGOs in Gaza and Rafah by Internal Security Service

Ref: 43/2010

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the closure of non-governmental organizations and the confiscation of their contents by the Internal Security Service (ISS) in Gaza City and Rafah in the past two days.  PCHR demands security services to put an end to their interventions into the affairs of non-governmental organizations and to respect the right to form associations, which is guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights standards. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, on Monday morning, 31 May 2010, an ISS member in Rafah raided offices of four organizations, searched them, and confiscated some of their contents.  These organizations targeted in the raid are:  Bonat al-Mustaqbal Association, South Society for Women Health, Woman and Child Development Association, and Sharek Youth Forum.  On the evening of the same day, the ISS returned to the offices of the aforementioned associations with members of the Palestinian police and took the office keys from the persons responsible for the office, informing the office personnel that that the ISS had a decided to close their association. 

Similarly, at approximately 15:00 on Monday, 31 May 2010, ISS members arrived at the main office of Sharek Youth Forum in al-Shuhada Street in the center of Gaza City.  They searched the offices and confiscated some computer sets, cameras, and files. 

On Tuesday morning, 01 June 2010, ISS members in Rafah closed the offices of another two organizations, Palestinian Young Parliament and the National Reconciliation Commission, the latter of which serves as an assembly of Mukhtars and reconciliation figures in Rafah. 

It should be noted that an officer from the Charitable Organizations Department in the Interior Directorate in Rafah stated to a PCHR fieldworker that the Department does not have any connection with the reported closures.  No prior coordination had been made between the Ministry of Interior and the ISS in this regard, he added. 

PCHR expresses its grave concern over the closure of the organizations mentioned above and over the interventions into their affairs by the security services.  Furthermore, PCHR:

1- Stresses that appropriate legal procedures must be followed in dealing with charitable organizations, and PCRH affirms that interventions into the affairs of such organizations by the security services constitute a violation of the Law of Charitable Associations and Community Organizations no. 1 of 2000 and its executive bill. 

2- Reiterates the importance of the right to form associations as a constitutional right guaranteed by the Palestinian Basic Law and relevant international standards. 

3- Points out the importance of civil society organizations and the roles the constitute in serving affairs of the Palestinian society, especially in view of the tightened closure imposed on the Gaza Strip. PCHR expects that wider spaces be ensured for the work of civil society organizations and more suitable environments be created for public freedoms so that civil society organizations can play their role in serving the Palestinian society in this critical stage.

(Quelle: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.)