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Human Rights

Weekly report on human rights violations

Palestinian Center for Human Rights
29 May 2003

This week Israeli forces killed 5 Palestinians, including three children and a mentally disabled man. Israeli forces demolished 15 homes and razed large areas of agricultural land in Beit Hanoun. Israeli forces conducted a number of raids on Palestinian towns and indiscriminately shelled Palestinian residential areas. Israeli forces continued retaliatory attacks against families of wanted Palestinians, demolishing 7 homes. Israeli forces arrested more Palestinians and continued to impose a tight siege on Palestinian communities.

CESCR takes up second periodic report of Israel

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
15 May 2003

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today started its examination of a second periodic report presented by Israel on its implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

CESCR deeply concerned about inequality between Israeli and Palestinian citizens

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
23 May 2003

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concluded today its three-week spring session, adopting its final conclusions and recommendations on reports of Luxembourg, New Zealand, Iceland, Brazil and Israel. The Committee said it was particularly concerned, among other things, about information received concerning the construction of a “safety fence” around the occupied territories. Among its recommendations, the Committee requested that the State party provide more extensive information on the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights by those living in the occupied territories.

CESCR concludes consideration of Israel's report on compliance with covenant

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
16 May 2003

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its consideration of the second periodic report of Israel after hearing a Government delegation say that Israel has the most multi-cultural society in the world.

Adalah demands that Euro-Med Youth Volunteers be granted entry to Israel

Adalah
28 May 2003

Today, Adalah submitted a petition to the Nazareth District Court on behalf of nine members of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) Program and Baladna - Association for Arab Youth, against the Ministry of Interior. In the petition, Adalah requested that the Ministry of Interior allow the nine volunteers to enter Israel and issue them new three-month tourist visas. Adalah also filed a motion for an immediate hearing in the case.

International rights groups decry increased harassment of monitors

Human Rights Watch,
International Commission of Jurists,
International Federation for Human Rights,
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network and
World Organisation Against Torture
26 May 2003

Amnesty International, the Euro-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMNHR), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) are deeply concerned about the increase of Israeli restrictions against human rights and humanitarian workers.

Peacemakers threatened with deportation

Christian Peacemaker Teams
25 May 2003

An Israeli High Court Judge gave the Israeli government 7 days to respond to a petition to block the deportation of CPT‘er Greg Rollins, still in Israeli custody.

We reap what we sow

Nick Pretzlik
25 May 2003

“The relocation policy of shifting the Bedouin population into official settlements has the added benefit of creating a cheap source of labour for the Jewish economy. Life for the Bedouins is made as difficult as possible in order to pressure them into making that move. With the help of the legal ‘hocus pocus’ involved with the 1965 Planning and Construction Law, Unrecognised Villages became ‘de-legalised’ — existing buildings were unable to obtain permits and those which already possessed them, schools for example, had them rescinded. Whole communities became illegal.” Nick Pretzlik details the vast array of injustices committed against Bedouin citizens of Israel since 1948.

B'Tselem response to incitement Israel's Foreign Minister against human rights groups

B'Tselem
21 May 2003

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom’s statement that “most human rights organizations whose offices are in Gaza and the West Bank provide refuge to Palestinian terrorists,” is a direct continuation of the campaign that Israel’s government has been waging against human rights organizations operating in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Trapped at Surda checkpoint

Birzeit University Right to Education Campaign
24 May 2003

After one day of curfew in Ramallah on May 18 and the two following days of complete siege, Israeli occupying forces suddenly opened the checkpoint on Wednesday. However, Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint closed the checkpoint just as suddenly at around 2 pm, trapping hundreds of ordinary citizens, Birzeit faculty staff and students.

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