About ICHR

Board of Commissioners

"A 17-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 and will appoint a full-time Commissioner General and an Assistant to the Commissioner General to the Gaza Program."

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

Commissioner General:

PhD. Varseen Shaheen*


Board of Commissioners:

PhD. Ahmad Harb*
Dr.A'zmi Shu'aibi*
PhD.Anton Shulhet
Dr.Cairo Arafat*
Mr.Esam Younis*
Mr.Fateh Azzam
PhD.Fayha Abdel Hadi
PhD.Hanan Ashrawi-Frozen membership due to holding an executive position in PLO
PhD.Mahmoud Al-Atshan
Dr.Mamdouh A'ker *
Ms.Mirvat Rishmawi
Mr.Muhammad Mei'ari
Mr.Salameh Bsisso*
PhD. Yahya Al Sarraj
Ms.Zainab Al-Ghanaimy*
*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