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Source: Commission on Human Rights
11 October 2005


Press Release

Human Rights Defenders in Occupied Palestinian
territories operate in conditions incompatible with
international norms – UN expert
Jerusalem, 11 October 2005 - In stark contrast to the relative openness that the Government allows for NGOs based in Israel, the human rights defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territories operate under conditions that are absolutely incompatible with international norms and standards, an UN expert said today.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, speaking at the conclusion of a one-week trip to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, said she was especially concerned with the situation of field workers, who face daily harassment, intimidation and humiliation in the course of conducting their work.

Jilani's comments were based on preliminary findings. She will submit a detailed report on her visit to the UN Commission on Human Rights in early 2006.

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