On Sunday 5 February 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights opened a specialized training course entitled “The Role of Human Rights Activists in Detecting and Combating Torture,” held at the Al Quds International Hotel in Gaza City.
About thirty-five human rights activists participated in the course.
The training is part of a project aiming to combat torture implemented jointly by Al Mezan, Adalah, and Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, and supported by the European Commission.
Lawyer Waleed Ad-Dahnoun, the project lawyer, explained that the course aims to enhance human rights activists’ skills and knowledge of the Convention Against Torture (CAT) and international resolutions related to combating torture, and the options for redress available to victims of torture under Palestinian, Israeli, and international law.
The course will also introduce participants to how to effectively write reports and document and monitor torture; how to discover physical and psychological signs of torture; and how to use such reports in pursuing perpetrators.
The course also introduces participants to international humanitarian law, and to international criminal law, given that torture is included in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The course consists of 36 hours to be delivered over six days by a team of Al Mezan trainers and experts from Palestinian universities and civil society.