On Thursday 28 April 2011, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Mukhtars Association of Palestine concluded a training course entitled 'Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; Basic Concepts'.
The training took place at the Gaza Commodore Hotel in Gaza City.
Thirty-three mukhtars (traditional community leaders) from the Gaza Strip participated in the course and received 24 hours of training over a period of four days.
IssamYounis, Al Mezan's director, Mrs.
Shirin Al Shobaki, Coordinator of Training and Mass Communications Unit at Al Mezan, and Mr.
Saif Ad-Din Abu Ramadan, the Chair of the Mukhtars Association spoke and handed certificates to the participants.
In his concluding remarks to the trainees, Mr.
IssamYounis thanked the Mukhtars Association for their cooperation with Al Mezan and stressed its importance in the Gaza Strip.
Younis said that the course was the beginning of cooperation between Al Mezan and the Association.
Younis added that Al Mezan was ready to have continuous cooperation with the Association to promote and enhance human rights among such an important and effective group.
Saif Ad-Din Abu Ramadan, thanked Al Mezan for organizing the course.
He welcomed the participants and trainers and expressed his hope that the course would meet the participants' expectations and that it would motivate them to work towards contributing to the respect of human rights and the rule of law in the Gaza Strip.
The course introduced participants to the historical and legal framework of international human rights law (IHRL) and IHL; the content of the basic principles of IHL and standards of human rights.
It paid special focus on protection and the rights of women, as enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and the special protection ascribed to women and children under IHL.
It is hoped that the participants, who are involved in informal justice activities in Gaza will show more sensitivity towards securing respect for human rights in their conflict resolution work.