On Thursday, 14 April 2016, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights opened a specialized training course for lawyers entitled, “Developing Lawyers’ Skills in Palestinian Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Law”. 40 practicing lawyers will attend the course, which consists of 150 training hours to be delivered in periodic sessions over the course of 23 days. This is the fourteenth consecutive year that Al Mezan has facilitated the training.
Mrs. Shirin Al Shobaki, Coordinator of the Training and Mass Communication Unit at Al Mezan, opened the course by welcoming the participants and hoped that the course would meet their expectations, increase and develop their skills, and add to both their practical and theoretical knowledge. She thanked the participants for their commitment to the course and for their efforts to make it a success. She also emphasized the importance of maintaining an open-line of communication with Al Mezan in order to stay up to date with the Center’s publications and activities. She added that Al Mezan would always welcome future cooperation with all participants in this and other courses implemented by the Center.
Mrs. Al Shobaki stated that the course aims to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) by increasing lawyers’ awareness of human rights concepts. This is a crucial task in the oPt, where Palestinians are living under continuing Israeli military occupation and where human rights violations against civilians are a regular occurrence.
The training comprises of various topics pertaining to human rights, inter alia, International Humanitarian Law and Palestinian Law. The training will also include several field visits relevant to the training’s subject matter.
This course is part of Al Mezan’s core program that aims to enhance and promote principles of human rights and international humanitarian law.