On Sunday 15 January 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights opened a training course titled “Developing Lawyers’ Skills in Providing Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Abuses,” held at As-Salam restaurant in Gaza City.
This course constitutes one component of the “Enhancing Legal Aid for Victims of Human Rights Violations in the Gaza Strip” project, implemented by Al Mezan with support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP/PAPP, Rule of Law Program).
About 30 lawyers are participating in the course.
Advocate Layal Qdeeh, a project lawyer, opened the course by welcoming the participants.
She presented a brief summary of Al Mezan’s work and activities aiming to enhance and promote human rights culture.
She asserted the importance of the course for lawyers, who play a vital role in defending victims of human rights violations, and explained that the course aims to enhance lawyers’ skills and knowledge in providing legal advice for victims of human rights violations.
The course consists of 30 training hours to be delivered over five days.
Participants will be introduced to the “International Bill of Human Rights,” basic principles of international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.
Participants will also be introduced to: juvenile justice under Palestinian law and international standards; principles of fair trial in Palestinian and international law; Palestinian criminal procedures law; search, arrest, and detention procedures; international mechanisms for protection and promotion of human rights; mechanisms for monitoring and documentation; and provision of legal consultation to victims of human rights violations.
A team of specialized experts will present the course materials.