The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution in partnership with Save the Children org. Roll-out many of the activities and events that includes psychosocial support sessions for children and awareness raising for parents and what the consequent of permanent monitoring and evaluation process that is reflected in a positive way on the children’s rights , Within the project ” Psychosocial support for children in emergency cases ” that it aims to protect and improve the mental state with the most vulnerable in the target group in all areas of the Gaza Strip.
Today began the implementation of the training program to improve the capacity of the “Alliance group” for monitoring and documenting child rights violations within the activities and events of the project ” protect my right ” and that is reflected on the indeed of children’s rights which paves the way for the initiatives during the next six months, the first day discussed democracy and components and measuring the extent of the application on the Palestinian reality.
(Gaza Strip, 1 June 2016)- The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a series of training sessions on “Enhancing summer camps counselors’ skills and knowledge about disability and the related issues and how to implement summer camps activities for children with disabilities”. The training program continued for 4 days, and targeted 18 counselors, and it was a part of the project “Improved access to protection and health for children with special needs in Gaza”, implemented by Handicap International. The project aims to enhance resilience and reduce protection and health risks for the most venerable boys and girls in Gaza Strip, in order to improve the psychological wellbeing and coping of targeted children and their families in the vulnerable and marginalized areas.
Photos from the first day of rehabilitation and cognitive training for a group of an administrators of summer camps and in the case of the project activities” Improving access to protection and health services ” in partnership with (Handicap International) to the children with disabilities which Implemented by PCDCR and addresses the issue of enhancing the skills and knowledge of the camps administrators about the concepts of disability and related issues and how to carry out the activities of summer camps for children with disabilities .
(Gaza Strip, 28 April 2016) The Palestinian Center of Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training program about psychological first aid, lasted for 12 hours out of three days. The program targeted 25 psychosocial specialists from the emergency staff of the project “Psychosocial support for conflict and societal violence affected children” in partnership with Save the Children Organization. The training sessions included different subjects about the psychological first aid, like psychological intervention for children during emergencies, improve staff’s skills of implementing emergency visits, psychosocial support sessions for children and their parents, and methods of providing individual counseling.
On Wednesday, 6th April 2016, the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) concluded a training course entitled “Training of Facilitators/ Trainers” as part of a project funded by the European Union and titled as ” the Elected President” in partnership with Central Elections Commission-Palestine. The 15-hour training course was held in PCDCR’s training hall “Gaza branch” from 04 to 06 April 2016 and 20 participants attended the course.
The program of the training course addressed a number of topics: elections as an element of democracy, the legal logic of elections, electoral systems and their advantages and disadvantages, voters’ registration, the electoral campaign, elections monitoring, and elections controls.
A team of specialized trainers in PCDCR supervised the training. Mr. Abdel Men’m Al-Tahrawi began the training talking about the project, its objectives, and the target group which is represented by universities students and Civil Society Institutions’ staff. He explained that a number of awareness raising sessions about elections will be held including an imitation of elections law while the elected will grant the opportunity to play the role of president. Besides, Al-Tahrawi emphasized on the necessity of having training and facilitation skills in addition to the necessity of addressing people in the language they can understand. He added that the facilitator/trainer has to recognize facilitation techniques such as: brainstorming, free association, and groups discussions.
The participants praised PCDCR distinctive role in disseminating elections culture and rule of law. Moreover, they emphasized that the course is characterized by its richness topics and the efficiency of the trainers. In addition, they appreciated the use of interactive training methods since they had an active participation and discussion during the training course sessions. The participants stressed on the need of organizing such training courses.
The Palestinian center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sharia’ Higher Judicial Council and the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute. This memorandum comes within the efforts to develop the abilities of Sharia’ lawyers.
Under the agreement, it was settled to hold eight training sessions for Sharia’ lawyers. The training sessions will target 300 lawyers-in-training in order to develop the skills and abilities of Sharia’ lawyers who are on the verge of the occupational exam. Its mention worthy that the memorandum was signed by Mr. Iyad Abu Hujjayer, head of PCDCR in Gaza, with Mr. Hasan El Jojo, Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Islamic courts, and Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, Dean of the Palestinian Higher Judicial Institute.
The implementation and supervision of the training sessions will be in cooperation with UNDP and PAPP, but PCDCR will be responsible for registration process and receiving enrollment applications. The training program will include several topics like Law of personal status, Family law, Sharia’ procedures law, endowment, inheritance, wills and law enforcement.
Training sessions will be given by different courts judges, including Mr. Saeed abu El Jabeen, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Ibrahim El najjar, Head of Supreme Court of Appeal in Khan Younis, Mr. Salah abu Hasheesh, a Supreme Sharia Court judge, Mr. Omar Nofal, Head of Court of Appeal in Gaza, Mr. Nafez El Madhoun, and Mr. Rami Salouha.
” Preparedness Makes a Difference” a workshop was held by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR), Khan Younis branch, to present “Partnership for Community led Actions for Resilience and Livelihood” project’s achievements. This project aimed to improve the weak and local community capacities through reinforcing risk confrontation’s procedures.
The first session addressed the detailed and most important achievements of the target groups of the project as (children, psychologists, and parents) and of the topics of the sessions such as (Psychological Resilience, and the Risk of Explosive Remnants of War and How to Deal with Them). Moreover, six local committees composed of some local organizations and activists were presented in the session. To illustrate, these committees represented six areas targeted in the project (Absan Al-Kabira, Rafah, Al-Shouka, Al-Shujayia, Jabalia, Beit Lahia) and they have been trained on several topics such as First Aid ,and Emergency Management. A series of meetings were held with the constituted committees to identify the needs of the target areas before danger which were created based on the focus groups implemented in the project.
The second session presented plans for the risk reduction for each area which were composed by the local committees that work in the target areas. In addition, the session discussed intervene and confrontation procedures.
At the beginning of the workshop, Mr. Saeed Al-Maqadma, PCDCR’s General Director, delivered a speech explaining the importance of partnership and he welcomed all partners: Save Children Organization , Palestinian Agriculture Relief Committee (PARC), and Palestinian Medical Relief Society. Al-Maqadma emphasized the importance of local committees as they are considered essential parts of the project.
Mr. Ibrahim Sbaih, the representative of the Save Children Organization, stressed the importance of committees’ role in achieving the project success and he thanked all partners for their efforts in achieving the project success. Ms. Shorouq Jendia gave a talk – on behalf of PARC- explaining the project achievements and its role in improving the marginalized families’ financial situation.
At the end, the participants represented their recommendations and proposals to upgrade the project in the coming phase of the project.
The Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) organized a seminar about “Legal Study on the Housing Projects as an Equal Exchange for Gaza Government’s Employees”. Different work papers related to the main topic of the seminar had been submitted by significant figures who participated in this seminar such as Secretary General of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Mr. Nafith El-Madhoun , Legal Advisor Mr. Abdul Karim Shabbir , head of Land Authority Ibrahim Radwan , vice-president of the Palestinian Bar Association Salama Bseiso ,and vice-president of land authority Hassan Abu Riala”. A group of lawyers, counselors, dignitaries, and mayors had attended the seminar, too.
Yunis Al-Tahrawy, the coordinator of “Toward a More Responsive Justice System in the Gaza Strip (Estijaba)” project which is funded by UNDP, indicated that this event is a part of the project activities. Al-Tahrawy mentioned that the subject of this seminar came up from the proposal which was supposed to be submitted to the Gazan government, about establishing housing projects for government employees as an equal exchange for their dues.
Al- Tahrawy stated that organizing this workshop is one of our responsibilities to find out how far this proposal could be compatible with the provision of law. Additionally, he added that this workshop is held with such specialists to conduct a legal study for the proposal.
Important recommendations were the outcome of this productive seminar; the legal affairs unit in PCDCR will organize another meeting to follow up this matter with both the Land Authority and the concerned authorities in the coming days.
The secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Nafith El-Madhoun pointed out that the housing project is under progress since the 90s, stressing that the employees who have been serving out for ten years have the right to have a house as provided in Basic Law, article 26 ” Having an appropriate house is a right to every citizen and the Palestinian Authority seeks to provide a house to those who have not a house to live in. El-Madhoun explained that the project will not target the fixed income employees or private sector employees, but the process is dealing with the lands regarding the price of each meter of land. the owner of the given land has the right to sell his land like any private land, which will be not considered as a waste of the government funds.
For equality insurance between the government employees and the citizens, the secretary -general of the Palestinian Legislative Council declared that land parceling will be under the responsibility of the head of Land Authority, and the Legislative Council’s role is restricted to overseeing the parceling process. The only difference between employees and citizens will be in payment only.
The legal advisor, Abdul Karim Shubir, acknowledged that land parceling is illegal as the only one who can give permission to privatize lands is the President Mahmoud Abbas, and there is a decree provides for that the lands of the government are given away only through a concerned committee. This committee is composed by several ministries, with the authorization of the president himself, explaining that selling the lands to employees for free-market prices will not serve the citizens.
Ibrahim Radwan stated that “there is a misconception about parceling of lands, resenting the way of dealing with the issue”. He added, “we had not any plan regarding land parceling, but we had accredited plans from the legal system regarding the housing project from 1994 till 2011 with the underlie on housing associations“. “In my point of view, the big dilemma of salaries is a crime against humanity, and we are trying with these housing projects to alleviate the problem which could not be solved completely”, Radwan said. Also, he affirmed that he has the ability to manage this process by sealing on the act on behalf of the president, highlighting that the issue will be under study until it can be addressed in front of the court.
The former general deputy of lawyers, and a member of the Arab Lawyers Union ,Mr. Salama Bseiso blamed the political division for all the faced difficulties, and a lot of serious problems will come out after executing the plan of land parceling, like how to deal with the dues of the employees that will come after taking his prior dues which are before 2016. With condemning that the housing units will not be sufficient to the employees’ needs and living expenses. Bseiso said that if these projects will include also citizens as stipulated by the law of 1994, this will be fine.
The vice-president of Land Authority, Hassan Abu Ryala, believed that the project will not reset employees’ dues, and that housing projects are not governed by law but is governed by a verdict. He also mentioned that “there is not any land registered by the name of the president, but by the name of the Palestinian Authority, and that those who are willing to register and have the Palestinian citizenship, they have the right to apply for the project, and there is no one will be rejected even the employees who refrain from work “. Abu Riala said that “the Higher Committee will run the project until the problem is resolved”.
At the end of the meeting, different questions were directed to the head of the Land Authority, his deputy, the representative of the Palestinian Legislative Council, lawyers, and specialists. The answers of the question were that the president approved the housing projects, and the project is not obligatory for all the employees, as it is not an adhesion contract, and it will not substitute the full dues of the employees.
The Palestinian Centre for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (PCDCR) held a workshop entitled “The Role of Reconciliation Figures in Strengthening Juvenile Justice in the Gaza Strip”. This workshop was a part of Juvenile Justice’s project activities funded by Terre Des Hommes and it aimed to provide legal and social services for the Juveniles who are in conflict with the law.
The Workshop discussed a worksheet by Mr. Mohammed Anaba about “The Role of Reconciliation Committees in dealing with juvenile cases. In addition, a worksheet was introduced by Mr. Younis Al-Tahrawi, PCDCR’s Legal Unit’s Coordinator, and it was about the restorative justice and the necessity of its implementation.
A number of recommendation were proposed through the discussion which included the followings:
- Activating the role of reconciliation figures to prevent children from committing a crime by monitoring their actions and addressing the reasons that can lead them to commit crimes such as poverty, and lack of suitable house.
- Intensifying the responsibility of the Palestinian state in caring about the juveniles cases in all life-oriented economic, social, and cultural.
- Taking into account the balance of forces between the conflicting parties by the reconciliation figures while the restorative process.
- Having a better and essential communication between the police man and the reconciliation figure when receiving any complain in order to prevent any acceleration in the problem.
- Considering the juvenile as a society victim which meant that he should not be sentenced to imprisonment or penalty. Therefore, it is enough to put the juvenile under the monitoring of a good member in his family. In the case of absence of this kind of family member, juvenile can be put under the monitoring of a probation officer in Al-Rabea’ Association.
- Reforming the juvenile’s laws in order to consist with modernity and development and to treat the juvenile as a victim rather than a criminal according to law.
- Dealing with juveniles should be different from dealing with adults and juveniles should had a special uniform in Al-Rabea’ Assocaition.
- The necessity of having a special police for juveniles in Gaza Strip which should have the skills and knowledge in dealing with juveniles. The policemen should not wear their formal uniform.
- Establishing entertainment places for children to spend their free time for their own benefit and to prevent them from committing crimes.
- Developing reconciliation figures’ skills in dealing with juveniles through training and having better knowledge about the law.
- Proving a social assurance to the head of the family to provide the basic needs to his/her family.
- Providing awareness projects to the parents about their roles in protecting their children and preventing them from committing crimes. In addition, to activating reconciliation figures role in disseminating the culture of tolerance and good manners.
- Separating juveniles from adults while detaining them and judging should be done quickly to protect our children from committing crimes.