|A special place for human rights
As part of a joint strategy to foster a human rights culture in the Palestinian community, the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) and the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for victims of Torture are providing specialist reading material on human rights to public libraries in a number of cities in the West Bank.
The latest project has seen the opening of a dedicated human rights corner at Ramallah public library which offers a range of books and other resources to its more than 6,000 members. This follows a similar addition to Nablus public library, with another soon to follow in Jenin, two of the West Bank’s other major cities.
At a ceremony to unveil the new resource in Ramallah library, OHCHR representative Eva Tomic underscored the importance of the provision of the specialist materials in raising and spreading a culture of human rights. “This is a first step,” she said. “Hopefully national and international organisations will step forward to support this and other similar projects in the future.”
Janet Michael, Ramallah’s Mayor, welcomed the addition to the library and pledged the support of the Municipality for future initiatives of this kind. Dr Mahmud Sehwail, the Executive President of TRC also stressed the importance of access to human rights resources as part of continuing programs aimed at greater awareness of the full range of human rights.