State of Palestine
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent Palestinian human rights organisation based in Gaza City. It enjoys Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations and is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva), the International Federation for Human Rights (Paris), the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (Copenhagen) and the Arab Organisation for Human Rights (Cairo).
PCHR was established by a group of Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists 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.
The work of the Centre is conducted through documentation and investigation of human rights violations, provision of legal aid and counselling for individuals and groups, and preparation of research articles relevant to such issues as the human rights situation and the rule of law. PCHR also provides comments on Palestinian draft laws and urges the adoption of legislation that incorporates international human rights standards and basic democratic principles.
Following the first executions carried out by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in 2005, PCHR stated that capital punishment is an inadequate response to the disintegration of law and order within the areas under the control of the PNA. The Centre condemns the death penalty, irrelevant of the justification provided for imposing it, and holds that the right to life is sacrosanct.