Children in Gaza continue to be effectively denied access to critical medical treatment due to Israel’s closure policy
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
3M 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
10M 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
1y 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
1y 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
1y 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
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
1y 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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Settler violence surges in the void of lack of international action against settlements
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
2y ago
On 10 March 2021, Saeed Alyan Awad, a Palestinian, was brutally attacked by Israeli settlers whilst on his way to check on his land to the south of Hebron in the Israeli occupied West Bank. Saeed, who was accompanied by his wife and children, sustained a cracked skull and broken jaw. His wife suffered severe bruises to her leg. The attack on Saeed is one of many instances of violent settler attacks against Palestinians which have seen a surge over the last few months, following the death of a 16 year old Israeli, Ahuvia Sandak, during a police chase near the settlement of Kochav Hashachar, in ..read more
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Overview of Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria on the tenth anniversary of the Syrian conflict
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
2y ago
On the tenth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, LPHR remain gravely concerned about the Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, in Syria. LPHR has continuously monitored the acute human rights and humanitarian concerns which are rife in Yarmouk, with the latest of two legal Q&As being published in March 2019 (it can be read here). This blog to mark the tenth anniversary provides a summary of the situation of Yarmouk refugee camp over the last ten years. In so doing, it also emphasises the necessity for legal accountability for apparent serious violations of international law that has caused ca ..read more
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Child fatalities arising from Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
2y ago
Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP) has recently reported on the fatal dangers of Gaza’s ongoing electricity crisis. DCIP reports that on 1 September 2020, three young Palestinian children from the same family died when their home caught on fire in the Gaza Strip. The three brothers from the al-Hazin family, five-year-old Yousef, four-year-old Mahmoud, and two-year-old Mohammad, lived in Nuseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip. In late summer, electricity was only available intermittently, about four hours per day. According to DCIP, the boys’ father Omar al-Hazin char ..read more
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LPHR interview on the growing military targeting of Palestinian university students and the launch of the Tom Hurndall Student Protection Project
Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights
by Tareq
2y ago
Last month, our colleagues at the excellent UK charity, Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu), published an interview with LPHR on the increasing Israeli military targeting of Palestinian university students. The interview was conducted soon after the submission of LPHR’s complaint to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding the ongoing detention of three female Birzeit University students: Layan Kayed, Elyaa Abu Hijla and Ruba Asi. The complaint was jointly submitted with the Palestinian human rights organisation, Addameer. With Fobzu’s kind permission, we re-publish the intervie ..read more
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