On Thursday, 4 June 2015, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a training course entitled: “Protection of Journalists in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (IHL)”. Twenty-five journalists participated in the course, which was held at Al Mezan’s office in Rafah.
Mrs. Shirin Al Shobaki, coordinator of mass communication and training unit at Al Mezan, concluded the course by thanking the participants, the Southern Journalists Forum, and Smart Media for Media Services for their efforts to make the course a success. She hoped the participants would use the newly acquired knowledge in their work through documenting the Israeli violations of human rights. She also hoped that the participants would pass the newly acquired knowledge to their colleagues.
The course consisted of 15 training hours delivered over three days.
The participants were introduced to the principles of human rights; IHL; the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians; mechanisms of monitoring and documenting of human rights violations (theoretical and practical); and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1612.
The training course is part of Al Mezan’s core program, which aims to enhance the protection and promotion of human rights and the principles of IHL in Gaza and to enable journalists in particular to make use of this body of laws in their legal and judicial focus.