PHROC expresses its satisfaction at the conclusions of the Report on the Court Complex Events and calls for expedited implementation of reco

Ramallah - The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) expressed its appreciation of the Investigation Committee, which the Prime Minister established to investigate the events that had taken place in front of the court complex in the El-Bireh city as well as in the Bethlehem city on 12 May 2017. The PHROC was satisfied with the composition, guidelines and outcomes of the Investigation Committee. In its report, the committee provided and published transparent conclusions and recommendations to the public opinion. The PHROC made some comments on the report with a view to ensuring accountability and effective remedies.

This statement was made during a visit a PHROC delegation made to the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) yesterday morning, 3 April 2017. Dr. Ammar Dwaik, ICHR Director General, made a presentation on the nature and activity of the Investigation Committee and on stages of the reporting process. The PHROC delegation expressed their satisfaction at the Prime Minister’s decision to establish the committee and approve its recommendations. The delegation also stressed the need to implement these recommendations. To maintain transparency and accountability, the procedures taken to implement the report recommendations should also be published.

Following the meeting, the PHROC and ICHR emphasised that government bodies should adopt an legal approach to investigating human rights violations, holding violators to account and publishing conclusions of investigations to the public opinion. To ensure respect for the rule of law and safeguard human rights, freedoms and dignity, the Investigation Committee should be viewed as a precedent that should be built on.