On Sunday 7 March 2010, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights delivered a training course entitled ' The Rule of Lawyers in Detecting and Combating Torture'.
Issam Younis, Al Mezan's director, opened the course at Al Mezan's Gaza City office.
He welcomed the 26 lawyers.
Then he talked about the importance of the course as the practices of torture, which has increased in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), is a priority for human rights work.
Waleed Ad-Dahnoun, the course supervisor, presented the purpose and curriculum of the course.
The course aims to enhance lawyers’ skills and knowledge of the Convention against Torture and the redress of the victims of torture under Palestinian and Israeli laws.
The course consists of 24 hours to be delivered over four days.
The course is intended to introduce participants to: the Convention against Torture, ways of combating torture in the Israeli and Palestinian laws, enhancing lawyers' skills in monitoring and documenting torture and writing effective reports, ways of detecting the physical signs of torture, and using these documents in pursuing the perpetrators of torture.
In addition, the course introduces the participants to human rights law, international criminal law since torture is listed in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
A team of Al Mezan trainers and experts from Palestinian universities and civil society will deliver the training.
This course constitutes a component of the project entitled ’Combating Torture' implemented by Al Mezan Centre.
The project aims to raise awareness of the Convention against Torture , help the victims who are subject to torture by the Israeli occupation forces, particularly patients, students, detainees, and fishermen in Gaza.
It also seeks to build the capacity of lawyers in monitoring, documenting and filing lawsuits against tortures perpetrators.