PCHR Expresses Solidarity with Al-Haq Organization in Confronting Defamation and Threats Campaign


By Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Press Release, March 6, 2016

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its solidarity and support with Al-Haq human rights organization, in confrontation of the threats campaign that aim to defame Al-Haq organization and its staff members by unknown sources. PCHR stresses that this campaign is targeting the whole Palestinian human rights‘ movement that is going through a legal struggle on the international level in order to expose the Israeli occupation crimes against the Palestinian people, and prosecute the Israeli war criminals and bring them to justice.

In the past days, Al-Haq organization received phone calls from unknown sources, threatening the life of some of its staff members particularly, Al-Haq’s representative in Europe, and General Director Shawan Jabarin, because Al-Haq is working on the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) file.

Those death threats came in the context of a systematic campaign launched against Al-Haq several months ago via anonymous emails, phone calls and Facebook posts in an attempt to raise questions regarding the administration of Al-Haq’s finances in an effort to undermine Al-Haq’s funding base. Some of those who called claimed they work within the Palestinian Authority (PA); a fact refuted by an official statement by the PA itself.

Al-Haq organization is considered the home organization for the Palestinian human rights organizations. It should be noted that Al-Haq was founded in 1979 and is one of the strategic partners of PCHR in defending human rights, confronting the environment of impunity and prosecuting the Israeli war criminals on the international level.