On Sunday 5 February 2012, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights opened a training course entitled “Developing and Enhancing Journalists’ Abilities in Monitoring and Documenting Human Rights Violations,” held at the Laterna restaurant in Gaza City.
About 40 journalists participated in the training.
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).
Issam Younis, Al Mezan’s director, opened the course by welcoming the participants.
He emphasized the value of knowledge of human rights culture and the important role of journalists in disclosing and documenting violations of human rights.
Advocate Rana Abu Ramadan, a project lawyer, also spoke on the importance of the course for journalists given the vital role they play in disclosing violations of human rights and law.
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; standards of protection for journalists in armed conflicts; Palestinian Meetings Law no.
12 of 1998; the role of media in promoting human rights, democracy, and national peace; the right to freedom of opinion and expression under Palestinian law; the nature of human rights violations; and national and international protection mechanisms.