About ICHR

Board of Commissioners

"A 19-member board of commissioners currently runs ICHR. These highly credible Commissioners are prominent members of the Palestinian society, and were selected from both inside Palestine and the Diaspora, to confirm the need for communication between different Palestinian communities, and to benefit from the expertise of the members of the Diaspora in enhancing and promoting ICHR. The Executive Office, emanating from the Board of Commissioners and headed by the Commissioner General, is the highest authority within ICHR and oversees its operations and performance. The Executive Director, appointed by the Executive Office, is the highest official responsible for managing divisions and staff in headquarters and Regional Offices. Until the law regulating the work of ICHR is passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council, ICHR's Board of Commissioners will continue to be the highest decision-making body.

Commissioners are selected in accordance with criteria as stated in ICHR's Bylaws and based on the Paris Principles.

Commissioner General:

Mr. Issam Younis *


Board of Commissioners:

Mr. Amjad Shawa
Mr. Antwan Shalhat
PhD. Asem Khalil *
Mrs. Cairo Arafat
PhD.Faiha Abdel-Hadi *
Mr. Fateh Azzam
PhD.George Giacaman
Mrs. Hama Zeidan
Mr. Issa Abu Sharar
Mr. Issam Aruri *
Mrs. Lubna Katbeh
Mrs. Mervat Rishmawi
Mr. Salameh Bseiso *
Mr. Shawqi Issa *
Mr. Talal Okal
PhD.Yahya Sarraj
Mrs. Zainab Ghonaimy
Mr. Ziad Amro


*members of the Executive Board

Documents Related to Selection of Commissioners and ICHR's Governance:

Selection of Commissioners PDF

Criteria and Assessment of Commissioners PDF

Governance, Strategic Leadership and management of Commissioners and Staff PDF