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4 May 2007
BRITISH CONSUL GENERAL INAUGURATES WORKSHOP FOR PALESTINIAN LAWYERS IN BETHLEHEM
British Consul General, Richard Makepeace inaugurated training programme in Bethlehem for Palestinian lawyers dealing with human rights issues.
The training was funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and was implemented in cooperation between the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and the Palestinian Bar Association in the West Bank.
Vice Consul for projects Sean Mcolm, attended the opening in addition to Projects Officer Micheal Sansour and Press Officer at the British Consulate General in Jerusalem Fadi Ali.
Blen Mey from the British Bar Human Rights Committee thanked the audience for their presence and spoke about the activities carried out by the committee to train lawyers from all over the world in the field of human rights. She also outlined a number of international mechanisms needed to document human rights violations and to prepare successful defense cases. She added that the training in Bethlehem is part of a larger project funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the British Consulate in Jerusalem aiming to build the capacity of Palestinians lawyers and judges in the field of human rights and to enable them to determine the effectiveness of domestic human rights laws and legislations. “The committee held a series of training workshops in Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah and the last workshop will be held in Bethlehem”. She said.
Richard Meakepeace, British consul General in Jerusalem expressed happiness to attend the opening ceremony and thanked the Bar Human Rights Committee and the Palestinian Lawyer Union for the efforts they made to work with Palestinian lawyers. Particularly, amid the very hard circumstances prevailing in the OPT. The Consul General shared his previous experiences with the audience and spoke about how human rights principles evolved throughout the years and that the world now reached consensus to protect the rights and dignity of the individual. He added that human right is ranked as one of the high priority FCO objectives and one of the fundamental pillars of the British Foreign Policy. He said that the British Government is engaged with governments, states and NGOs to stress on the need to respect human rights and press legislators to adopt laws to protect them. He also said that the Bar human rights committee had worked closely with Palestinian lawyers and exchanged experiences with them as part of the training project.
It is worth noting that the British Consulate General supported the project with 87000 sterling pounds for training and working closely with the Palestinian Independent Association for Citizen’s right. The project deals with human rights issues in both Israel and the OPT.
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(Press & Public Diplomacy Officer)