On Wednesday, 9 March 2011, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights concluded a specialized training course on 'Medical Professionals' Role in Detecting and Combating Torture', held at the Al-Quds International Hotel in Gaza City.
The training was organized as part of a project on combating torture in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), implemented jointly by Al Mezan, Adalah and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and supported by the European Commission.
Twenty-five medical professionals participated in the training course and received 24 hours of training over a period of four days.
In his concluding remarks to the trainees, Al Mezan's Director, Mr.
Issam Younis, thanked the participants for their participation and expressed the hope that they use what they acquired to contribute to improving the human rights situation in the oPt.
The course introduced participants to international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, given that torture is included in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
The course also introduced participants to the Convention Against Torture and ways of combating torture in both Israeli and Palestinian law.
In addition, it sought to enhance participants' skills in monitoring and documenting torture and writing effective reports, make them aware of and able to detect the physical signs of torture and teach ways to help victims of torture psychologically.
The training was delivered by team of trainers from Al Mezan and external experts from Palestinian universities and civil society organizations.
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