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Date posted: January 15, 2019
By MIFTAH

Ramallah 15/12/2018 MIFTAH completed its capacity-building training for members of the human rights defenders network entitled, Human rights, monitoring and documenting violations and policy dialogue in the Gaza Strip after the completion of its training in the West Bank last month. This training is part of MIFTAHs EU-funded Youth as Human Rights Defenders Project in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, aimed at promoting adherence to human rights standards in east Jerusalem, the Old City of Hebron and the Access Restricted Area in Gaza Strip.

Participants received intensive training in both branches of international law international humanitarian law and international human rights law. They are also trained in strategies for defending human rights, monitoring and documenting violations, legal analysis and managing dialogue sessions. The training focused on providing the defenders with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to enable them to monitor and document the multifaceted violations against the right to work, first and foremost against farmers and fishermen, and the right to health care. This includes the disproportionate impact of these violations on marginalized and vulnerable social groups, particularly women, children and persons with disabilities. Hence, focus was on the various relevant treaties and agreements in addition to the mechanisms based on the UN charter, including the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the special rapporteurs and fact-finding missions. Focus was also put on the various functions, roles and mechanisms for employing international humanitarian law and international human rights law within the framework of employing all means of human rights defenses and achieving justice for the Palestinian people.

Importance of the training

Attorney and legal advisor who supervised the training, Abedallah Sharsharah, stressed on the importance of the training, especially in the Gaza Strip, whose situation can be considered as catastrophic. He pointed out that Gaza suffers from widespread violations by the Israeli occupation and local authorities, especially in regards to the right of citizens to the highest possible level of health care and the right to work. What is so significant about this training is that some of the participants themselves are victims of these violations. Most have had their homes shelled or destroyed in the two Israeli military attacks in 2009 and 2014, Sharsharah maintained. Whats more, one of the participants is a victim of the human shield policy, implemented by the Israeli army in 2008 against citizens in northern Gaza. This means that the victims of human rights violations are now monitoring and documenting these violations, which is very important from the perspective of integrating the victims in practical implementation, Sharsharah said.

MIFTAH projects manager Tamara Tamimi meanwhile, said the training constituted the first step in enabling youth human rights defenders to monitor and document violations of the right to work and to access health care in the Gaza Strip. These interventions are in line with MIFTAHs strategic priorities in disseminating the Palestinian narrative and opening the political dialogue through employing a rights-oriented discourse and highlighting the violations of Palestinian rights in areas vulnerable to systematic and violent attacks by occupation forces.

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