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Date posted: September 25, 2018
By MIFTAH

MIFTAH recently held its first meeting with youth defenders from the Jerusalem and Hebron districts as part of its three-year EU-supported project Palestinian youth as human rights defenders which it implements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Project director Tamara Tamimi, MIFTAHs field coordinator in Jerusalem Sarah Qaraeen and Hebron coordinator Maysoun Qawasmi discussed future steps with the youth defenders, including developing tools for monitoring and documenting violations, capacity-building training for defenders and host institutions, producing periodic reports , conducting lobbying and advocacy campaigns and capping off the project in national, regional and international forums.

The projects steering committee also met with experts in international law and in monitoring and documenting human rights violations on August 29, concurrently in the West Bank and Gaza. Members of the steering committee include Al Haq, DCI-Palestine, the Womens Center for Legal and Social Counselling, Qader Institute for Community Development, OHCHR (Office of the Higher Commissioner) for Human Rights, Mezan Cener for Human Rights, The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Womens Affairs Center and the Independent Commission for Human Rights.

The objective of the meeting was to decide on the specifics of rights to be focused on by the youth defenders who were chosen during the projects interventions. It was also to ensure that interventions and outcomes are not repeated through opening up a discussion on the results and outcomes of the survey research conducted by the New Ruya Company on national and international organizations working in the field of monitoring and documenting violations in Jerusalem, the old city of Hebron and the land and sea buffer zone in the Gaza Strip. The research team showcased the rights being violated in the targeted areas in addition to the rights being covered by civil society organizations working in this field, as a foundation for the steering the dialogue towards undocumented and unmonitored violated rights.

Tamimi maintained that the significance of these meetings lies in the systematic and sound preparation for the interventions aimed at achieving the projects objectives in addition to avoiding any repetition of interventions and outcomes. She also said they contributed to promoting integrated efforts among civil society organizations working in human rights.

MIFTAH implements its project Palestinian Youth as human rights defenders in the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, with the goal of empowering and prompting elements of Palestinian society to spread awareness on the global criteria for human rights and to promote commitment to them by all parties involved. The project is part of the program The Palestinian vision and political dialogue through which MIFTAH seeks to disseminate the Palestinian narrative and open the door to dialogue on relevant political issues in a bid to rally international efforts towards solidarity with the Palestinian people and cause.

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