By Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, September 20, 2016
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) received today morning representatives from Palestinian human rights organizations and community-based organizations who met with a delegation from Human Rights Watch comprised of Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division, and her Deputy Director Eric Goldstein.
In the beginning of the meeting, lawyer Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, welcomed the delegation and then stressed the long-lasting ties between PCHR and Human Rights Organizations for over 20 years. Sourani displayed the human rights situation in Palestine especially as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory has been lasting for about half a century and the Israeli-imposed closure on the Gaza Strip for about 10 years. Furthermore, Sourani explained PCHR’s work with international courts and preparations done in cooperation with other Palestinian human rights organizations to prosecute Israeli war criminals.
Representatives from women, human rights and medical organizations and NGOs made presentations on the catastrophic situation in their relative field of work and the challenges they face on daily basis. They underscored the importance of conjugating the all local and international efforts to stop war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)…