Due to the rapid deterioration of the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip and large scale violations of human rights and international
humanitarian law – the majority against Palestinian civilians and civilian objects – the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (hereafter Secretariat) reached out to partner CSOs to apply for the Secretariat’s emergency funding.
The Secretariat approved 9 out of a total of 11 received proposals, focusing on documentation of human rights and international humanitarian law violations during the course of Israel’s ongoing military offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Due to limited funds, the Secretariat could only support applications received in part. In its communications with the 9 CSO partners, the Secretariat expressed the need to effectively coordinate documentation efforts to support current and future documentation and investigation efforts by CSOs for the purposes of assisting and supporting national and international mechanisms.
The nine CSOs selected for emergency funding include the following (in alphabetical order):
- Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights
- B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
- BADIL – Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugees
- Breaking the Silence
- Defence for Children International (DCI) – Palestine Section
- Mezan Center for Human Rights
- Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
- Women’s Affairs Center (WAC)
- Women’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC)
The Secretariat has designed this rapid response emergency funding mechanism as part of the commitment that the Secretariat remain, to the maximum extent possible, in a timely, responsive, and meaningful mechanism for contribution to the realization and respect of human rights and international humanitarian law in the oPt. The Secretariat expresses its gratitude to the four donor governments of Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland for their support towards these efforts, without which the Secretariat would not have been able to respond to the deteriorating situation.