News & Activites 31 March 2016
General Administration and Organizational Structure
Headed by Director General Dr. Ammar Duwaik, ICHR General Administration has a team of 68 staffers: 24 female employees and 44 male employees. The General Administration work to increase efficiency, impact, sustainability and independence of the commission. To these ends the administration strengthens the role of the commissioners' work and supervises implementation of the approved structure through its leadership of the executive team of ICHR programs directors and department heads.
The Gaza Strip Deputy Director General is in charge of a number of duties: participation in setting up strategies for work in the Gaza Strip in particular, development of these strategies in a way that services ICHR's interest and goals, leading the technical team, running daily work in the Gaza Strip and ensuring implementation of all ICHR's systems such as administrative system, financial system, performance assessment system, and work procedures (based on these systems) in accordance with specific powers and responsibilities.
Financial and Administrative Department
This department is in charge of securing and providing (financial) support and logistical support for the commission's programs and activities. This is in addition providing/ creating a positive and productive work environment. It also follow up on employees' affairs within the ICHR policies and administrative and financial systems, and provides technical support to the commission's team and programs.
Monitoring of National Legislations and Policies Unit
The Monitoring of National Legislation and Policies Unit is in charge of monitoring government plans and budgets through their careful reading and analysis from a human life perspective to find out extent of their respect of the rights of different groups/ areas and marginalized ones in particular. This is in addition to checking respect of human rights standards based on the principle of equality and non-discrimination and international treaties for human rights. The unit also monitors laws, namely draft laws, law by decrees and ministerial decisions, and makes reviews and analysis of these laws from a human rights perspective in order to integrate human rights principles and standards in these laws.
In its review of human rights, the unit uses several instruments: annual reports, and legal and special reports. This is in addition to legal memos to authorities/parties concerned and periodic analytical reports of public budgets. The department also holds discussion sessions and workshops and meetings with decision makers. It is also in charge of the commission's library, one “arm” for publication and dissemination of human rights education. Its holdings include legal sources & references and law periodicals and human rights publications to be used by students of law, law researchers and policy makers.
Investigations and Complaints Unit
This unit follows up on citizens' complaints about human rights violations with the security and civil authorities, public and semi-public. It also follows up on monitoring and documentation of local violations, and produces monthly reports on these violations. Furthermore, the unit follows up on visits of the commission's staff to detention centers, and shelters and prepares reports on these visits. Besides, it prepares fact-finding reports on individual cases and issues by shedding light on procedures and policies taken by official authorities and arriving at conclusions and offering recommendations to them. The unit runs also information database pertinent to complaints, arrangements of visitations to detention centers and monitoring documentation.
Public Awareness, Training Department
Within the context of a strategic plan, this department provides training programs and holds public awareness activities to educate the Palestinian citizens on their basic rights. It also introduces the commission to them and explains to them how to lodge complaints with it. In its activities, it does not only target the public in general but it also targets the law-enforcement personnel, unions, duty bearers, university students, journalists, civic society institutions' employees and young people in particular.
ICHR's public awareness methodology depends on use of effective means to get access to target sections. Public awareness campaigns send messages to the citizens. They emphasize that human rights are deep-rooted and are stipulated in numerous laws and are applicable in the presence of apolitical will. They also educate the citizens that they have to be aware of their rights to be able to defend them in the event of violation or diminishing of these rights. This is in addition to the mechanisms of getting access to justice parties and be able to conduct accountability for duty bearers.
Public Relations and Media Unit
This unit is charged with building a network of information and public relations for the purpose of educating the public on the work of the commission as a national human rights organization and grievances office. To that end, the unit consolidates ICHR's relations with official parties: government ministries, Palestinian Legislative Council, justice bodies, central security agencies, national bodies, ombudsmen, human rights civic society institutions at both the national and regional levels. The unit also represents the commission at relevant quarters of all levels.
At the mass media/information level, the unit follows up on all issues and causes that pertain to mass media coverage on websites. This is in addition to preparation and dissemination of promotional materials to cover its activities and events pertinent to human rights issues. This allows the commission to strengthen, develop a special relation with the representative of mass media institutions that serve human rights causes.