Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organization located in Ramallah, West Bank, has been the West Bank Affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) - Geneva for over 20 years and is in special consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It was established in 1979 with the goal of protecting and promoting human rights and respect for the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).
Al-Haq conducts and disseminates legal and human rights research based on international and humanitarian law, as well as on human rights principles and standards. In addition, the organization, through an extensive database, documents and exposes human rights violations. Al-Haq also houses the only library specialized in human rights in the West Bank, and maintains a tradition of providing free legal services to the Palestinian community. By reinforcing the rule of law and promoting international human rights standards in the OPT, Al-Haq contributes to the development of a transparent and democratic civil society in Palestine. At the same time, Al-Haq expects to bring specific abuses to an end by targeting the human rights violations committed by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities.
In addition to its long standing partnership with ICJ - Geneva, Al-Haq is a member of the Executive Committee of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH). Al-Haq is also member of Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and of the Steering Committee members of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO).
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