The International Court of Justice order of protective measures against Israel to preserve the fundamental rights of Palestinians in Gaza
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
3w ago
Today’s order of protective measures by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel to prevent the commission of all genocidal acts against Palestinians in Gaza is a much-needed light in the darkness. It is a historic day for clearly recognising the fundamental human rights of Palestinians, including their fundamental right to life, and an important vindication of the vital resort to law to uphold fundamental rights. With clarity and authority, the ICJ placed due primacy on the current “extreme vulnerability” of Palestinians in Gaza – whilst also importantly recognising the plight ..read more
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Infant mortality rate rise in Gaza and the context of illegal closure
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
2M ago
A striking research article published by the United Nations Refugee & Works Agency (UNRWA) in August 2015 shows an increase in infant mortality rates among Palestinian refugee new-borns in Gaza for the first time in five decades. While infant mortality had declined to 20.2 per 1,000 live births in 2008, the following five years saw an increase to a rate of 22.4 per 1,000 live births in 2013. A substantial increase was also seen in the rate of neonatal mortality, meaning the number of babies that die before the age of four weeks. While the figure was 12 per 1,000 live births in 2008, it rea ..read more
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Mental health, prolonged occupation and human rights
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by superben
2M ago
Today is World Health Day: a suitable opportunity to take time to consider the connection between mental health, prolonged occupation and human rights violations. This connection was explicitly drawn at the inaugural meeting of the UK/Palestine Mental Health Network, which took place last Wednesday 2 April 2014 at the Guild of Psychotherapists in London. The meeting opened with two significant questions which demand contemplation by anyone engaged with Israel/Palestine: Why are mental health issues and the political situation so intertwined? How does mental health fit into human rights and un ..read more
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Israeli forces continue to arrest Palestinian children from their homes in the middle of the night, traumatising families
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
11M ago
According to data collected by UN OCHA, thousands of Israeli raids on occupied West Bank communities are conducted every year, many of them at night. In some of these raids, heavily armed Israeli forces arrest Palestinian children from their family homes in the middle of the night, often breaking into the family home before taking the terrified child from their bed. Military Court Watch has collected the testimonies of children and their parents, detailing this typically violent and traumatising practice. In recent testimony collected by Military Court Watch that provides acute insight into th ..read more
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Children in Gaza continue to be effectively denied access to critical medical treatment due to Israel’s closure policy
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
1y ago
In March, B’Tselem reported that 19-month-old Fatimah al-Masri died from a cardiological condition after repeated applications to the Israeli authorities for permission to exit Gaza for essential medical treatment in a hospital in East Jerusalem were unsuccessful, remaining “under review” for months.A few months later, in August, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported that a six-year-old child, Farouq Mohammed Abu Naja, with a developmental regression condition, died after he was twice denied access to medical care at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. The UN Convention on the Rights of ..read more
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Marked surge in the number of Palestinian children held in solitary confinement
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
2y ago
Solitary confinement is defined by the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (Mandela Rules) as confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without meaningful human contact. The effects of solitary confinement on children can be particularly severe. This blog outlines these damaging effects. It also summarises the applicable international legal framework, including a key reference to the International Criminal Court. On 7 December 2021, the West Bank based human rights organisation Military Court Watch (MCW) published a report titled ‘Solitary Confinement’, reporting ..read more
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No warrant required to enter Palestinian homes in the West Bank but warrants required to enter settlers’ homes, Israeli High Court confirms
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
2y ago
On 1 September 2021, the Israeli High Court of Justice (IHCJ) confirmed that Israeli soldiers can enter and search Palestinian homes in the West Bank without a judicial warrant, whereas warrants are needed to search the homes of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank. The decision followed a petition by Israeli human rights organisations and Palestinian individuals seeking to limit the military’s wide power to enter and search Palestinian homes without a warrant. The decision was reported by Military Court Watch. The right to enter Palestinian homes at any time of day or night Since 1967, Is ..read more
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Raising arbitrary student detention at the United Nations: Fobzu’s interview with LPHR
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
2y ago
In August, our colleagues at the UK charity, Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu), conducted an in-depth interview with LPHR’s Aleisha Ebrahimi, following the significant decision of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention that three female Birzeit University students are being unlawfully arbitrarily detained. The illuminating interview is republished below with Fobzu’s kind permission. Last year, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association submitted a complaint to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detentio ..read more
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Use of force against Palestinian demonstrators and medical personnel
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
2y ago
In the context of the imminent illegal dispossession and forcible transfer of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, occupied East Jerusalem, it has been documented that Israel’s forces have been using excessive force against peaceful Palestinian demonstrators and also targeted Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) personnel. This blog explores the applicable legal framework and consequences. Background The PRCS is an organisation whose mission is to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, particularly emergency medical services, and it is protected under international hu ..read more
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Gaza Electricity Crisis Deepens Further Amidst Military Action
LPHR Human Rights Blog
by Tareq
3y ago
The Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights has reported that the Gaza Strip is currently suffering from a 76% deficit in electrical supplies due to the ongoing military action in Gaza by Israel’s forces, which has been codenamed ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’. The available power supply in the Gaza Strip as of 19 May stands at around 107mw, which is significantly lower than the estimated 400MW that is required to meet the needs of the area. The adverse impacts are multifaceted.  For example, due to lack of power supply, three main seawater desalination plants providing services for more than ..read more
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