A Legal Commentary on the Geneva Accord

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This report provides a legal analysis of the Geneva Accord, a peace accord drafted by Palestinian and Israeli negotiators acting in their private capacity. While this accord received substantial international attention at its issuance, a legal evaluation makes clear that it is promising only on its face, and that it suffers from serious legal pitfalls and implications.

Palestinian Presidential Elections 2005 Monitoring Report

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This report provides an overview of Al-Haq’s main findings during its monitoring of the Palestinian presidential elections. Held on 9 January 2005, they took place following the death of Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Yasser Arafat in November 2004, in line with constitutional provisions that elections must be held within 60 days of the inability of the PNA President to govern.

Waiting for Justice: Al-Haq's 25th Anniversary Report

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This report covers violations of international human rights and humanitarian law committed by the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), during 2004. It begins with an overview of the legal and political situation in the OPT, and then addresses specific violations such as movement restrictions, the use of force, house demolitions, settlements and settler violence, family unification, and the construction of the annexation wall.

Means of Displacement: Charting Israeli’s Colonisation of East Jerusalem

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Using accurate and detailed data, photos and maps this report describes the comprehensive Israeli settlement project in Al Quds and its metropolitan area. The report highlights methods used by the occupation to confiscate land from Palestinians in Al Quds and its surroundings for the creation of Jewish settlements and the Israeli policy of connecting and expanding settlements to create territorial contiguity for the Jewish settlements while fragmenting and surrounding the Palestinian areas. The overall purpose of the settlement project is to establish Jewish hegemony in Jerusalem

Administrative Detention in the Occupied West Bank

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This paper examines the legality of the use of administrative detention against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank by Israeli military authorities. It assesses whether such a form of detention, albeit without charge or trial, is justifiable within its current context. This paper outlines the historical utilization of administrative detention in the West Bank, as well as international and local laws on the issue. Legitimacy of administrative detention in the West Bank is questioned through the disclosure of the discrepancies between legal conditions and implementation.

Excessive Secrecy, Lack of Guidelines: A Report on Military Censorship in the West Bank

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This paper outlines the Israeli practice of censorship in the occupied West Bank and the legal justifications given by the authorities for its imposition as it applies to importing, distributing, publishing, and possessing printed materials. In particular, it addresses Military Order No. 101 of 1967, the "Order Regarding Prohibition of Acts of Incitement and Hostile Propaganda." This military order, together with several others which address freedom of expression, results in an extensive and complex system of censorship.

Torture and Intimidation in the West Bank: The Case of al-Fara'a Prison

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This report addresses the condition of detainees and prisoners as well as the policy of intimidation to which those held at al-Fara'a Prison are subjected. Al-Fara'a, located approximately 20 kilometres northeast of the West Bank town of Nablus, was originally built by the British as an army camp, a purpose which it also served under Jordanian rule. Israeli authorities did not use it as a detention centre until 1982, at which time the army began using it. Affidavits obtained from detainees strongly suggest that its main purpose was to facilitate the policy of torture.

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