PRC's UN ECOSOC documents and achievements

PRC's UN ECOSOC documents and achievements
  Septmeber 2016, Oral Stement during Item 7 HRC33

 

On September 23rd the Palestinian Return Centre addressed the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council during the general debate of Item 7 which covers the human rights situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab territories. 

 

See here the full statement

 

 

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  Septmeber 2016, Side event on Israel's Settlements in the OPT at UN Human Rights Council (HRC33):

 

On Septmber 22nd 2016 the Palestinian Return Centre hosted a side event co-sponsored by Human Rights Watch at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which focused on Israel's settlments in the OPT.

 

See more here

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Septmeber 2016, Oral Statement to Item 3&5 Clustered ID at HRC33

On September 20th the PRC delivered an oral statement during Item 3&5 Clustered ID with Special Rapporteur on indigenous peoples and the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indegenous People (EMRIP). 

See here for more info

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Septmeber 2016, Seminar on Palestinian Refugees from Syria at UN Human Rights Council (HRC33):

 

 

On Septmber 19th 2016 the Palestinian Return Centre and the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria hosted a side event at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva titled 'Palestinian Refugees in Syria: Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance. 

The event focused on the situation of Palestinian Refugees living in Syria and the impacts of the war on them, in particular the issue of torture victims who are being killed everyday.

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June 2016, Seminar on Palestinian Refugees from Syria at UN Human Rights Council (HRC32):

 

On June 16 the Palestinian Return Centre hosted a side event at the 32nd Human Rights Council in Geneva on the unique vulnerability of Palestinian Refugees from Syria.

The event focused on the anomaly that is the Palestinian Refugee status and how it affects Palestinians fleeing the Syrian civil war. At the same time it was discussed the human rights violations on those Palestinian still trapped in Syria.

 

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______________________________________________________________ June 2016, Seminar on Gaza Strip at UN Human Rights Council (HRC32):

 

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) hosted its second side event at the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The event focused on the human rights situation in the Occupied Gaza Strip. PRC’s latest policy brief was launched and hard copies were available at the event.

 

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______________________________________________________________   June 2016, Written Statement to Item 4 of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC32):

 

Read our statement on Palestinian Refugees from Syria

  ______________________________________________________________   June 2016, Written Statement to Item 4 of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC32):

 

Read our statement on Palestinian Refugees from Lebanon

 

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  June 2016, Written Statement to Item 7 of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC32):

 

 

Read the statement here

______________________________________________________________ May 2016, World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul:  

Palestinian Return Centre participation at the World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey.

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______________________________________________________________ April 2016, 49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD49) in New York: 

The theme of this year’s commission is “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the Post-2015 development agenda”. The Palestinian Return Centre is convinced that strengthening the demographic evidence base is vital to realizing the post-2015 development agenda since this would help address root causes of poverty, inequality and injustice.

The Declaration of the 2030 agenda highlights the vulnerability of migrants, refugees and internally displaced people, and emphasizes that forced displacement and related humanitarian crises threaten to reverse much of the development progress made in recent decades.

PRC believes that the commission should pay particular attention to the Palestinian refugee problem, which still remains unresolved as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is still responsible for providing assistance and protection for 5 million displaced Palestinians throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. 

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 _____________________________________________________________ March 2016, 31st UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: 

 

PRC side event on Israeli house demolitions in the OPT at UN HRC31 in Geneva.

 

See more here 

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February 2016, 31st UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: 

 

PRC's submits a written statement to Item 7 of the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

 

Read the statement here  

_______________________________________ September 17th 2015, side event at 30th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: 

 

This side event facilitated discussion on the financial challenges facing UNRWA, the effects of these challenges on UNRWA’s ability to protect and assist the Palestinian refugees. The repercussions on Palestinian refugees and why the right of return remains immensely important as a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem.

See more here 

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September 2015, 30th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva:

PRC's Director Majed Al-Zeer deliver's an oral statement to the Member States during Agenda Item 7: the Human Rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories. Al-Zeer reaffirmed on the need to end the plight of Palestinian refugees by implementing the right of return in accordance with international law and related UN resolutions.

 

 

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Over 107 European Parliamentarians call on ECOSOC to approve Palestinian Return Centre's NGO Consultative Status


  On Granting the Palestinian Return Centre UN Consultative Status

To: ECOSOC Member States

CC: European Block

 

We, the undersigned, express our utmost support for granting the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) UN NGO Consultative status.

 

 

Earlier in June 2015, the UN’s Committee on NGOs recommended that the PRC be granted UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) consultative status. The PRC was granted this status through a vote where twelve states voted in favour, three voted against, and three abstained.

 

The PRC is one of the very few NGOs working in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and the Diaspora that is dedicated to finding a solution to the Palestinian refugee problem in accordance with international law, international human rights declarations, and the many UN resolutions including Resolution 194.

 

The PRC has been active in Europe since 1996. It is an independent consultancy focusing on the historical, political, and legal aspects of Palestinian refugees. It specialises in the research, analysis, and monitoring of issues pertaining to the dispersed Palestinians and their internationally recognised legal right to return.

 

The centre has a long history of working with parliamentarians in Europe, including oganising delegation visits to the Middle East to observe the conditions faced by Palestinian refugees. 

 

We call on the ECOSOC member states – In their July 2015 meeting – to approve the status given to PRC by the initial recommendation of the ECOSOC NGO committee during its May session.   By having this status, PRC will boost the basic human rights activities in favour of the Palestinian refugees who suffer on a daily basis.

Undersigned by:

 

MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis, MEP Dimitrios Papadimoulis (Greece) (Vice-President of the European Parliament)

 

 

 

 

MEP Alfred Sant (Malta) (Former Prime Minister of Malta)

 

MEP Ivo Vajgl (Slovenia) (Former Foreign Minister of Slovenia)

MP Mark Durkan (N. Ireland) (Former Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland)

 

MEP Inaskun Bilbao Barandica (Spain) (Vice-Chair of ALDE )

MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras (Spain) (Vice-Chair of Greens/EFA)

MEP Martina Anderson (Ireland) (Chair, Delegation for relations with Palestine)

 

MEP Afzal Khan (UK) (Vice-Chair, Security and Defence Committee)

   

MEP Marisa Matias (Portugal) (Chair, Delegation for relations with the Mashreq)

 

MEP Estefania Torres Martinez (Spain)

 

MEP Bart Staes (Belgium)

 

MEP Marina Albiol Guzman (Spain)

 

MSP Sandra White (Scotland)

 

TD Clare Daly (Ireland)

 

Lord Hugh Dykes (UK)

 

MSP Claudia Beamish (Scotland)

 

Baroness Ruth Lister (UK)

MEP Jude Kirton-Darling (UK)

MEP Paul Brannen (UK)

 

Sir Gerald Kaufmann (UK)

 

MEP Javier Nart (Spain)

Baroness Nual O’Loan (N. Ireland)

Former MEP Inaki Irazabalbeita (Spain)

Senator David Norris (Ireland)

 

TD Michael McCarthy (Ireland)

 

MEP Miguel Viegas (Portugal)

MEP Ines Zuber (Portugal)

 

MEP Joao Ferreira (Portugal)

 

MSP Jim Hume (Scotland)

 

MEP Jordi Sebastia (Spain)

TD John Halligan (Ireland)

 

AM Alun Ffred Jones (Wales)

MEP Angela Vallina (Spain)

 

Former MEP Alexandra Thein (Germany)

MEP Jill Evans (UK)

MEP Klaus Buchner (Germany)

MEP Sofia Sakorafa (Greece)

MEP Ana Gomes (Portugal)

Senator Jim Walsh (Ireland)

MSP Richard Simpson (Scotland)

 

MP Paul Maskey (Ireland, on behalf of all Sinn Fein MPs)

MP Conor Murphy

MP Francie Molloy

MP Michelle Gildernew

MP Pat Doherty         

TD Sean Crowe (Ireland, on behalf of all Sinn Fein TDs)

TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh

TD Brian Stanley

TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

TD Dessie Ellis

TD Gerry Adams

TD Jonathan O'Brien

TD Martin Ferris

TD Mary Lou McDonald

TD Michael Colreavy

TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

 TD Peadar Tóibín

 TD Pearse Doherty

TD Sandra McLellan

MLA Pat Sheehan (Ireland, on behalf of all Sinn Fein MLAs)

MLA Alex Maskey

MLA Bronwyn McGahan

MLA Caitríona Ruane

MLA Carál Ní Chuilín

MLA Cathal Boylan

MLA Cathal Ó hOisín

MLA Daithí McKay

MLA Fra McCann

MLA Gerry Kelly

MLA Ian Milne

MLA Jennifer McCann

MLA John O'Dowd

MLA Maeve McLaughlin

 MLA Martin McGuinness

   MLA Megan Fearon

MLA Michaela Boyle

MLA Michelle O'Neill

MLA Mickey Brady

MLA Mitchel McLaughlin

MLA Oliver McMullan

MLA Phil Flanagan

MLA Raymond McCartney

MLA Rosaleen McCorley

MLA Sean Lynch

MLA Sue Ramsey

MEP Martina Anderson (Ireland, on behalf of all Sinn Fein MEPs)

MEP Liadh Ni Riada

MEP Lynn Boylan

MEP Matt Carthy

 

Luisa Morgantini, Former Vice President of the European Parliament

Hillevi Larsson S, Swedish Paraliment

Baroness Jenny Tonge of Kew, UK House of Lords

MEP Malin Bjork (Sweden) (Vice-Chair of GUE/NGL)

MEP Bodil Valero (Sweden)

              Members of British Parliament      

Rushanara Ali MP

Dr. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Ben Bradshaw MP

Richard Burden MP

Jim Cunningham MP

Mark Hendrick MP

Gerald Kaufman MP

Andy McDonald MP

Grahame Morris MP

Yasmin Qureshi MP

Andy Slaughter MP

Mark Williams MP

Caroline Lucas MP

Dr Alasdair McDonnell MP

Jeremy corbyn MP

Alex Cunningham MP

Rt Hon Andrew Smith MP

Stephen Kinnock MP 

                                    More names to be added                                       

 

 

 

 

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