On Sunday 25 October 2009, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, working jointly with the Palestinian Bar Association, opened a training course entitled “International Humanitarian Law: Protection and Accountability for War Crimes”.
Al Mezan’s director, Mr.
Issam Younis and head of the Palestinian Bar Association Mr.
Salama Biseso, opened the course at Al Mezan's office in Gaza City.
Younis and Mr.
Biseso welcomed the 26 trainee lawyers.
Attorney Fatma Al Sharif, the course supervisor, presented the purpose and curriculum of the course.
The course aims to enhance lawyers’ skills and knowledge in international humanitarian law (IHL), particularly in relation to protection from and litigation of war crimes.
The course consists of 28 hours to be delivered over five days.
The course is intended to introduce participants to: the historical and legal framework of IHL and international human rights law (IHRL); the content of IHL and IHRL; protected groups under international law; the application of international law; enforcement mechanisms; the responsibility of an occupying power towards the population of an occupied territory; and the legal status of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).
In addition, the course introduces the participants to international criminal law, mechanisms for prosecuting war crimes, as well as monitoring and documentation mechanisms – an area of increasing importance to legal and human rights professionals in the context of the crimes being perpetrated in the OPT.
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 'Promotion of IHL and ESCR by Education in Gaza,’ implemented by Al Mezan Centre with support from Diakonia.
The project aims to raise awareness of IHL and economic and social rights in the Palestinian community in Gaza.
It also seeks to build the capacity of lawyers and other societal groups to make use of IHL in their legal and protection work.