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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

20 February 2013 in 2013

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the rapidly deteriorating condition of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody who are on hunger strike, in particular the critical health condition of one Palestinian detainee, Samer Issawi. The Secretary-General received a letter from Palestinian President Abbas as well as from the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States on this subject. He has also expressed his concerns to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in their recent telephoneconversation. Of particular concern are the detainees held in administrative detention without charges. Those detained should be charged and face trial with judicial guarantees in accordance with international standards, or be promptly released.

Urgent UN Press Statement: Release Palestinian Hunger Strikers Now ~ by Prof. Em. Richard Falk

15 February 2013 in 2013

The following press statement was issued 13 February 2013 under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council in my capacity as Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967. This nonviolent resistance to unlawful and abusive detention practices by Israel is a human rights outrage that should be the occasion of media attention and a worldwide outcry. I encourage all who can to exert pressure on Israel before these individuals die in captivity. They are currently reported to be in grave condition.

Security Accountability for Torture and Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel

13 February 2013 in 2013

"On Torture" is a journal by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights- Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights.
It is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, "Security Accountability for Torture and Cruel Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and comparative Lessons".
The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.

Jerusalem Patriarch lays the cornerstone of Rawabi's first church

13 February 2013 in 2013

Rawabi, Palestine - 12 February 2013: His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, all Palestine and Jordan, today blessed the cornerstone of Rawabi's first Greek (Rum) Orthodox Church. The Patriarch of Jerusalem remarked on his satisfaction with the central placement of the church in the new city's residential areas in accordance with the master plan. His Beatitude also credited the developer with a vision that is both inclusive and welcoming to Palestinians of all faiths and expressed his pleasure at the knowledge that Rawabi's Christian and Muslim places of worship will be an integral part of the fabric of daily life.
It is worth mentioning that Rawabi is a new city for Palestinian families. It will provide opportunities for affordable house ownership, employment, education and leisure.

Urgent call: Save the Cremisan Valley!

07 February 2013 in 2013

The Society of St. Yves, the Catholic Center for Human Rights in East Jerusalem, requests your help to save the Cremisan valley in Beit Jala from being destroyed by the Israeli separation wall.
Next Tuesday, 12th of February, the final hearing in the Special Appeals Committee against the Wall will be held. The Catholic Center have prepared the following petition to show the objection of the Palestinian people and the international community to building the wall and annexing Palestinian land.
Please help the Palestinian Catholic Center for Human Rights by signing and sharing the petition they prepared with your mailing lists and contacts.

Israeli settlements symbolise the acute lack of justice experienced by the Palestinian people

04 February 2013 in 2013

Geneva, 31 January 2013 – The International Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today published its findings on the implications Israeli settlements have upon the human rights of the Palestinian people.
The report states that a multitude of the human rights of the Palestinians are violated in various forms and ways due to the existence of the settlements.

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