- Joint Statement: In the face of potential COVID-19 outbreak in the Gaza Strip, Israel is obliged to take measures to save lives, permitting the entry of medical equipment and supplies, to meet patients’ needs7th April 2020
- New report: Chronic impunity for attacks is keeping Palestinian health workers in the firing line30th March 2020
- LPHR Demolitions and Displacement Bulletin (for the period 1 January – 29 February 2020)30th March 2020
- LPHR Child Rights Bulletin (for the period 1 January – 29 February 2020)24th March 2020
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- Urging the UK government to ensure respect for international law and human rights in response to the release of the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ Plan by the US27th February 2020
- Request to the UK government to urge Israeli authorities to lift a travel ban on human rights defender, Laith Abu Zeyad, that impedes his work and denies him from seeing his unwell mother who is undergoing chemotherapy treatment19th December 2019
- COVID-19 pandemic: Vulnerable population groups in the occupied Palestinian territory and the legal duty to apply ‘all necessary preventative means available’31st March 2020
While many parts of the world transition to mandatory lockdown, Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory face uncertainty about how they will be protected from the spread of COVID-19. This blog will focus on the circumstances of three particularly vulnerable population groups: i) the population of Gaza, ii) child and adult detainees in Israeli prisons and detention facilities, and iii) families and individuals displaced by home demolitions.
- Children from Gaza receiving medical treatment whilst separated from parents due to Israel’s permit regime26th March 2020
Physicians for Human Rights Israel and the Israeli newspaper Haaretz recently reported that a 10-year-old girl from Gaza, Miral Abu Amsha, died of cancer on 28 February without having seen her father since December, after her family struggled to obtain Israeli-issued permits to accompany her to hospital. Miral’s mother had also initially been denied permission to accompany Miral to hospital in Nablus to undergo chemotherapy due to “incorrect details” on her application form. She was eventually allowed to visit Miral in hospital, reportedly following publicity around the case. Miral’s father didn’t apply for permission to accompany her as it is generally the case that only one accompanier is allowed per patient, including for children. (more…)
- A seminal step towards legal accountability and justice: ICC Prosecutor announces she is ready to open an investigation into the situation in Palestine24th December 2019
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s announcement that she is ready to open a criminal investigation into the situation in Palestine is a seminal step towards achieving legal accountability and justice for the many victims, survivors and their families of alleged serious international crimes perpetrated by Israeli forces and their military and political leadership.
The potential for the investigation to effectively prevent or deter the commission of ongoing and future crimes, by countering the systemic impunity that has prevailed until now, is also very significant.
- Update on the shooting of 9-year-old ‘Abd a-Rahman a-Shtweiwi: Forensic Architecture’s findings strongly suggest the boy was shot in the forehead with live ammunition23rd October 2019
On 12 July 2019, nine-year-old ‘Abd a-Rahman a-Shteiwi was shot in the forehead by an Israeli soldier in Kafr Qaddum, in the occupied West Bank, during the town’s weekly protests against settlement expansion and settler violence. At the the time he was shot, ‘Abd was playing at the entrance of his friend’s house, over 100 metres away from demonstrators. The shot to ‘Abd’s forehead resulted in a large hole, multiple skull fractures and serious brain damage; a CT scan showed around 100 fragments lodged in the boy’s brain. Over three months since this grievous wounding, we have reports from two sources that he remains in hospital in a coma. (more…)