News & Activites 14 February 2018
The ICHR welcomes the Cabinet's resolutions in the International Women Day
Ramallah - The Independent Commission for Human Rights (IDHR) welcomed the several resolutions taken by the Cabinet in its session held today, 5th of March, 2018, concerning a set of measures to abolish discrimination against women; especially her the right to apply for passports for her children, and the right to open bank accounts for them and transfer them between schools.
The ICHR particularly welcomed the Cabinet's resolution to recommend the revocation of Article No. 308 of the Penal Law No. 16 of 1960 applicable in the West Bank. The article exempts the rapist from punishment in case of his marriage to the victim; in addition to recommending the amendment of Article No. 99 of the Penal Law so that the perpetrators of honor killing may not benefit from mitigating circumstances in deciding the punishment. The ICHR believes that these measures are long-awaited actions that would eliminate some forms of discrimination against the Palestinian women.
The ICHR expressed its satisfaction with the Cabinet's response by taking these actions that represent demands of the ICHR and other human right organizations which were submitted to the Prime Ministry in the past. In this context, the ICHR thanks the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Justice for supporting these demands. It also applauds all the human right and women organizations that have struggled for a long time for these legitimate demands.
While the ICHR positively and highly regards these actions that concurred with the 8th of March Anniversary, the International Women Day, it emphasizes the need for more actions to be taken in the same context in order to achieve full equality between men and women in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) to which the State of Palestine acceded in 2004, without any reservations.
On this occasion, the ICHR addresses women all over the world, especially the Palestinian women, to express its highest appreciation and recognition for their historical and legendary steadfastness against the Israeli occupation and its discriminatory measures, and in the face of some social habits and traditions discriminate between men and women.
The ICHR also calls on the Cabinet to adopt and apply more policies, measures and procedures to promote equality between men and women in all fields and remove all impediments in this respect, in harmony with the Palestinian Basic Law, the Declaration of Independence and the plans of the State of Palestine to accede the international conventions and charters concerned with human rights, including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).