Source description last updated: 29 August 2019

In brief: The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Gaza City working to protect human rights, to promote the rule of law and to uphold democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Coverage on ecoi.net:

Weekly Reports, Annual Reports, Special Reports & Studies, Election Reports, Silencing the Press

Covered weekly on ecoi.net, for the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:

“A central principle of PCHR’s work is that a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the region, as well as the healthy development of Palestinian society, must be built on a foundation of respect for human rights and democratic principles.” (PCHR website: Philosophy, undated)

“The Centre was established in 1995 by a group of Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists in order to:

  • Protect human rights and promote the rule of law in accordance with international standards.
  • Create and develop democratic institutions and an active civil society, while promoting democratic culture within the Palestinian society.
  • Support all the efforts aimed at enabling the Palestinian people to exercise its inalienable rights in regard to self-determination and independence in accordance with international Law and UN resolutions.” (PCHR website: About PCHR, undated)

The PCHR “holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.” (PCHR website: About PCHR, undated)

Funding:

“The Centre is funded by […] contributions of a number of international non-governmental organisations in the fields of human rights, democracy, and social justice, as well as governments with friendly relations with the Palestinian people” (PCHR website: Funding, undated). A list of PCHR’s donors can be found here: http://pchrgaza.org/en/?page_id=586

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: “Most of the Centre’s activities and interests concentrate on the Gaza Strip.” (PCHR website: About PCHR, undated)

Thematic focus: The war on the Gaza Strip, Israeli violations of human rights & international humanitarian law; Palestinian violations of human rights & obstacles to democratic reform, elections, universal jurisdiction. (PCHR: Annual Report 2018, 21July 2019, pp. 6-7)

Methodology:

“The work of the Centre is conducted through documentation and investigation of human rights violations, provision of legal aid and counseling for both individuals and groups, and preparation of research articles relevant to such issues as the human rights situation and the rule of law.” (PCHR website: About PCHR, undated)

“Fieldwork is the basic activity of the Centre. Well-trained fieldworkers located in different areas of the Gaza Strip obtain accurate and documented information on human rights violations in the Gaza Strip from victims and witnesses of human rights violations. The information is received by the coordinator of the unit and other researchers to verify its accuracy. Through the fieldworkers’ presence, the Centre has been able to maintain close contacts with the community. In this way, the community is able to influence the work of the Centre and the Centre is better able to meet the community’s interests and demands.” (PCHR website: Organisation & Units, undated)

Language(s) of publications:

English and Arabic

Further reading / links:

All links accessed 29 August 2019.