On Thursday 19 January 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a training course entitled “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 participated in the course.
Rana Abu Ramadan, a project lawyer, thanked the attendees for their participation and commitment to the course.
She stressed the importance of the course, which aims to enhance lawyers’ skills and knowledge in monitoring and documenting violations of human rights and providing legal advice for victims of human rights violations.
The course consisted of 30 training hours delivered over five days.
Participants were introduced to the “International Bill of Human Rights,” basic principles of international humanitarian law, and international criminal law.
Participants were also 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 presented the course materials.
At the end of the course, Dr.
Adnan Al Hajjar, coordinator of the technical assistance and advocacy unit at Al Mezan, distributed certificates of completion to the participants.