- LPHR, Addameer and Fobzu statement on International Education Day: Highlighting the systematic targeting of Palestinian university students for prolonged arbitrary military detention by Israel’s military authorities24th January 2021
- LPHR Demolitions and Displacement Bulletin for the period 20 October- 31 December 202015th January 2021
- LPHR and Defence for Children International Palestine’s ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign for children on detainee rights is seven years old and remains critically important23rd December 2020
- 15 Israeli, Palestinian and international health and human rights organisations: Israel must provide necessary vaccines to Palestinian health care systems22nd December 2020
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- Requesting the UK Government’s intervention in the ongoing withholding of the body of Ahmed Erekat from his family following his apparent unlawful killing by Israeli forces over six months ago19th January 2021
- Requesting the UK government respond to the imminent demolition of Ras al-Tin primary school by Israel’s military authorities in the occupied West Bank20th October 2020
- LPHR interview on the growing military targeting of Palestinian university students and the launch of the Tom Hurndall Student Protection Project10th December 2020
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 interview below to mark Human Rights Day. The content of the interview underscores why LPHR has recently launched the Tom Hurndall Student Protection Project.
As of today’s date, Layan, Elyaa and Ruba remain in unlawful arbitrary military detention.
- LPHR nominates Palestinian artist and human rights defender Hafez Omar for Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021
Hafez Omar is a Palestinian artist and a recognised human rights defender based in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. His work, which is powerful, visually and politically, has been utilised to educate a global audience on the human rights violations Palestinians face and experience daily under military occupation.
On Human Rights Day, Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights can announce that we have nominated Hafez Omar for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021: “an award which honours the world’s most remarkable free expression heroes.”
- Israeli Supreme Court strikes down the ‘Land Regularisation’ Law but fails to condemn illegal settlements and their expansion9th July 2020
On 9 June 2020 the Israeli Supreme Court struck down a law passed in 2017 that provided for the expropriation of private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. The ruling, HCJ 1308/17, Silwad Municipality, et al. v. The Knesset, et. al (petition accepted 9 June 2020) (joined by the court with HCJ 2055/17, The Head of Ein Yabrud Village v. The Knesset ), held that the law disproportionately violates Palestinians’ rights to property, equality and dignity.
While a welcome relief against a particularly offensive law that would justify further expropriation of Palestinian land, the judgment is made on a narrow basis that fails to recognise either the underlying illegality of settlements or to be clear on the inappropriateness of the Israeli state passing and reviewing legislation to apply to the occupied West Bank. Before addressing the judgment and its limitations in more detail, a brief history of the Regularisation Law will be provided. (more…)
- Abuse and violence against children in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem3rd July 2020
LPHR remain extremely concerned at the ongoing police campaign of abuse and violence against children in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Al-Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem. Over the past year, LPHR has monitored and reported a sharp increase in the number of children injured as a result of violent police activity in the neighbourhood, with injuries sustained through the use of rubber-coated steel bullets, black sponge rounds and tear-gas. Since the Israeli police launched their operation in Al-Issawiya in April 2019, there has also been a high number of child arrests in the neighbourhood (many carried out during terrifying night-time raids of family homes) and a systemic violation of children’s legal rights during arrests and detention. B’Tselem reports that during the period of April 2019 – April 2020, more than 850 residents of Al-Issawiya have been arrested: the majority of them minors. This blog elaborates upon these serious child rights issues.