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Al Mezan and Palestinian Bar Association Conclude a Specialized Training Course Entitled: International Humanitarian Law and Litigation'

11-07-2010 00:00

On Sunday 11 July 2010, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights and the Palestinian Bar Association concluded a training course on international humanitarian law (IHL), and litigation.
Twenty four lawyers participated in the training.
The course aimed to enhance lawyers’ skills and knowledge of IHL, particularly in relation to the protection from and litigation of grave breaches.
   At the end of the course, Mr.
Mahmoud Abu Rahma, Coordinator of International Communications and the vice chairman of the Palestinian Bar Association, Mr.
Salama Bississo led the graduation ceremony and handed the participants their certificates at Al Mezan's office in Gaza City.
  The training course provided 24 hours over the period of four days.
 The participants were introduced to the historical background of IHL and mechanisms to monitor implementation.
They were also introduced to international criminal law, prosecuting war crimes, monitoring and documentation mechanisms, forensic examination, and documenting signs of injury or causes of death - an area of increasing significance to legal and human rights professionals in the context of the Gaza Strip, particularly after 'Operation Cast Lead' (OCL).
  In addition, the course introduced the participants to the legal dimensions of OCL under international law.
The course also discussed the legal status of OCL as an act of self-defense or unlawful aggression.
  A team of trainers and experts from Al Mezan and Palestinian universities and civil society delivered the trainings.
This course was implemented in coordination with Diakonia.
  At the end of the course, Mr.
Abu Rahma and Mr.
Bississo emphasized the importance of cooperation between human rights organizations and the Palestinian Bar Association to support the skills of Palestinian lawyers and to enable them to take an effective part in defending human rights.
This is especially important since Gaza lives under much deteriorated human rights conditions due to the conflict and the siege Israel imposes on it.
  Mr.
Bississo thanked Al Mezan for its continuous cooperation with the Palestinian Bar Association to develop and build the capacity of lawyers.
He also said that lawyers need to know more about IHL to confront the flagrant violations of IHL committed by the Israeli occupation forces.
Mr.
Bississo emphasized the importance of including this course as integral part of the training scheme for trainee lawyers to obtain their licenses from the Bar.
     Mr.
Abu Rahma thanked the Palestinian Bar Association and emphasized the continuous cooperation between them to build the capacity of Palestinian lawyers in the Gaza Strip.
He also asserted the need for lawyers to use and disseminate the language of law to protect the human rights of civilians in the Gaza Strip who live under exceptional circumstances where international efforts to defend human rights greatly relies on ensuring IHL respect.
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