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Al Mezan Programs

Monitoring and Documentation of Human Rights violations: This activity is carried out by the Fieldwork Unit of the Center which consists of fieldworkers responsible for different sectors of the Gaza Strip. The Unit monitors and documents the human rights situation and gathers necessary information about human rights violations in the OPT perpetrated by the Israeli occupation on side and by the responsible Palestinian entities on the other.
Awareness and Capacity Building: The Center’s Training and Mass Communication Unit is the main responsible for the Center’s training and capacity building activities, with its diverse programs and training sessions including:
• Training courses which target a variety of groups, including UNRWA school-teachers, activists in the rights of the child, health personnel, disabled rehabilitation staff and women.
• “Face the Public” program which consists of meetings facilitated by Al Mezan, involving representatives of PA, PLC, local government, UN bodies or NGO, to discuss specific ESC related issues with the local community.
• “Pass the Word” program which aims to raise consciousness in human rights among university students in the Gaza Strip. The program was designed to address the obvious need for human rights education among university students. It consists in recruiting a group of students to train and raise there awareness of different human rights issues in order for them to ‘pass the word’ to their fellow students through well-organized discussion session.
• Workshops and lectures.

The Center’s awareness and capacity building also includes an Annual Conference on the PNA Budget to pave the way and create a process for a more transparent and accessible budgetary process, based on an assessment of the needs of the population in each sector, and for which the PNA is fully accountable vis-à-vis the local community of the OPT . This pilot project in 2003 has become a core project of the Center.

Legal Aid and Representation: This activity lead by the Center’s Legal Aid Unit included the representation of prisoners by Israeli and Palestinian authorities, victims of land confiscation, home demolition, prevention from travel, workers cases and other cases and complaints in relation to violations of economic and social rights. Over 230 cases were undertaken by the Center in 2003.

Legal Review: Another essential ask carried out by the Legal Aid unit is legal review of draft or enacted laws in the OPT. This constitutes an essential component of advocacy for human rights standards and rule of law and the Center coordinates with different actors of the civil society to lobby the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) of Governmental entities in view of enhancing laws to meet international standards.

Research and Analysis: The main goals are monitoring, researching and producing analytical reports on the situation relating to ESC rights in the Gaza Strip and of the PNA’s annual budget to make recommendations to the appropriate decision-making bodies on the local level; Raising the awareness of UN bodies and international human rights organizations on the violations of economic, social and cultural rights in Gaza through international advocacy and to maintain ongoing communications with both; Raising the awareness of the local community on economic, social and cultural rights and of the PNA’s budgetary policies as a tool of ensuring better enjoyment of these rights.

Reporting and Publications: This includes joint statements; monitoring reports; special incident reports; press releases; legal publications within the “Legal Guide Series” which is a series of simplified studies of national laws aiming at providing ordinary people with simple, palatable and direct information on the rights included in these laws; and publications on the diverse trainings and events carried out by the Center.

Resource Library: Al Mezan has developed a human rights library in the refugee camp of Jabalia that will be used as an information center for Al Mezan staff, researchers, students, and the public. It is expected to largely contribute to the human rights and development culture in this marginalized area once it is open for the public.