NGO ACTION NEWS
· To mark the start of the 16 day campaign to combat violence against women world-wide, on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights issued a press release calling on the international community to pressure Israel to lift the Gaza closure in order to enable women in Gaza to enjoy their rights and live in dignity.
· On 23 November, Amnesty International asked the Israeli authorities to drop baseless charges against Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro, director of the Youth against Settlements organization in Hebron. “If convicted, we will consider Issa Amro a prisoner of conscience”, AI’s Deputy Director for the MENA region Magdalena Mughrabi stated.
· On 22 November, four Palestinian human rights organizations (The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights; Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights; Al Haq and Addameer) urged the Prosecutor of the ICC to investigate and prosecute the comprehensive Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip as a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute.
· On 25 November, the London-based organization Medical Aid for Palestinians posted a new film entitled “Breaking the Generations: Palestinian Prisoners and Medical Rights”, calling for action by Members of Parliament to support access to healthcare for Palestinian prisoners.
· On 9 December, author and journalist Ben Ehrenreich will talk at the Jerusalem Fund in Washington about his book “The Way to the Spring” which reflects on his personal experience in the West Bank from 2011 to 2013.
· To mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, on 6 December, the University of São Paulo in collaboration with the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is hosting an one-day conference entitled “Brazilian Perspectives on Palestine in a Changing Middle East”.
· On 7 December, from 11:00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., New York time, the NGO branch of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is inviting all NGOs for a Webinar event entitled “Engaging Youth in the Implementation of Agenda 2030.”
· To mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on 29 November, the Division for Palestinian Rights has produced a video clip for circulation and sharing on social media which can be viewed on YouTube in four languages:
· On 24 and 25 November, UNDP and the Palestinian Government jointly organized in Amman the First Palestine Resilience Conference. It brought together the UN, donors, Governments, the private sector and NGOs.
· On 21 November, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the OPT Michael Lynk said that a proposed Israeli law retroactively legalizing the confiscation of privately owned Palestinian land to build settlements would deal hopes for peace another severe blow, emphasizing that international law prohibits the occupying power from confiscating private property.
· The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has launched an annual call for project proposals by NGOs which will be open from 18 November to 18 December.
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