On Thursday 19 April 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a training course entitled Mechanisms for Monitoring and Documenting Violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” held at Laterna restaurant in Gaza City.
Shirin Ash-Shobaki, training and mass communication unit coordinator at Al Mezan, and Mr.
Hussein Hammad, an Al Mezan field worker, presented the concluding session of the course.
23 workers from grassroots organizations in the border areas of the Gaza Strip participated in the workshop.
Ash-Shobaki thanked the participants for their commitment to the course and their attendance and participation.
She emphasized to the participants the importance of using their newly acquired knowledge to serve the Palestinian cause.
She also discussed the importance of spreading and bolstering awareness of human rights concepts and international humanitarian law (IHL) among grassroots organizations in the border areas of the Gaza Strip.
The course consisted of 30 training hours delivered over the course of five days.
Participants were introduced to: the historical and legal framework of IHL and international human rights law (IHRL); the content of IHL and IHRL; protected groups under international law; the application of international law; enforcement mechanisms; the responsibility of an occupying power towards the population of an occupied territory; and the legal status of the occupied Palestinian territory.
The course also introduced the participants to the mechanics of writing a complaint, monitoring and documentation mechanisms, UN Security Council Resolution 1612, and the place of women and children in the human rights field.
A team of Al Mezan trainers and experts from Palestinian universities and civil society presented the training course.
This training is part of Al Mezan’s activities aiming to raise awareness of IHL among different sectors of Palestinian society, including means of monitoring and documenting human rights violations and using the language of IHL to pursue war criminals, this training was organized with support from the European Union under a joint project with Oxfam -GB.