Week 49: Human Rights Online Gathering

Week 49: Human Rights Online Gathering

On December 7th we learned about Human Rights, and how they are being denied to Palestinians under Israeli occupation.. Our guest was Raji Sourani, founder of Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

More about our guest:

Raji Sourani has long been the leading human rights lawyer in the  Gaza Strip. SInce earning his  law degree from in 1977, his career has been dedicated to defending human rights principles in the Palestinian territories.

In the course of his work he has been imprisoned six times, the longest for a period of three years, and was adopted by Amnesty International as a Prisoner of Conscience in 1988. 

He is the founder and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which, founded in 1995, has gone on to receive international praise and recognition for its research and advocacy role on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, as well as its direct intervention on human rights issues in the Palestinian territories.

He now  dedicates his time between his work in the Gaza Strip and international advocacy abroad. He is also member of the Executive Committee, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); Vice-President of the Federation Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH); and President of the Board of Trustees of the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (AOHR).

You can read his full biography at https://pchrgaza.org/en/raji-sourani/

You can find him on Facebook at ​​https://www.facebook.com/rajisourani94 and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rajisourani

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a Gaza-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the occupied Palestinian territory. 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 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.

You can find PCHR on their website http://pchrgaza.org/en/ and join their mailing list by sending an email to request@pchrgaza.org with “subscribe” in the subject line. You can follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pchrgaza/, Twitter https://twitter.com/pchrgaza, and YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/user/pchrgaza

Activism Time

Kumi Action is at:

Call into your local radio stations and dedicate a song for Palestine. Share what song you chose for Palestine on social media and include a link to this page of the Kumi Now website along with the hashtags #OpenGaza, #KumiNow, and #Kumi49. See what other songs people are sharing and check out our Kumi playlist! 

From the Presentation/Chat

Coming after the session.