NDC Signs GIAs with Seven NGOs Working in the Field of Human Rights and Good Governance
On Thursday February 23rd 2012, the Human Rights and Good Governance Secretariat signed Grant Implementation Agreements (GIAs) with seven NGOs working in the field of human rights and good governance in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt). Totaling US$1,215,000, these Core Funding grants will contribute greatly to the protection and promotion of human rights throughout Palestine.
 
NDC hosts high-level Agence Française de Développement delegation for visit to development projects in the Jordan Valley
On Monday 20th of December a joint delegation from the NGO Development Center (NDC) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) visited two ecological development projects in the Jordan Valley. NDC’s Director Ghassan Kasabreh and Project Officer Saed Quzmar were joined by AFD’s Palestine Director Herve Conan, Jacky Amprou (Head of Mission), Hani Tahan (Head of Project), Marie-Pierre Nicollet (Director of Mediterranean and Middle-East Department) and Marike Gleichmann (Country Desk Officer for the Palestinian Territories and Jordan).
 
 
MADA and DCAF hold workshop on access to information in Bethlehem
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) held a workshop for journalists on the right of access to information at Maan News Agency headquarters in Bethlehem, on Thursday 24 January 2012.
 
 
UNRWA launches 300 million appeal for Gaza and the West Bank
Three years after the end of the Gaza war, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, has launched an emergency appeal for Gaza and the West Bank worth just over 300 million US dollars. Speaking at UNRWA HQ in Gaza , Deputy Commissioner General, Margo Ellis, said “the effects of the war still persist today and the humanitarian needs of the women, men and children of Gaza remain widespread and acute”.
 
 
New study for MADA center recommends preparing Media Basic Law
The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) released a legal study entitled "Legal Regulations of Media Freedom in Palestine", prepared by legal advisor Rashad Tawam under the supervision of lawyer Ahmed Nasra. This study was funded by the UNESCO office in Ramallah. The study sheds light on the legal environment relating to and affecting media freedoms in the Palestinian territories, its impact on restricting media work, and if or how these regulations meet international standards.
 
 
Land Research: Olive Trees were Victims of the Israeli Aggressions 2011 olive-picking season
It has never been foreseen that a tree might become a target for continuous hostility and brutality despite the fact that this particular tree has been a symbol of peace and prosperity through out the years. The olive picking season is considered a season of joy and delight; it is also a season were Israeli colonists are most active; they commit their crimes of theft, harassment, physical and verbal abuse, cutting down trees, uprooting trees, and even murder.
 
Human Rights and Good Governance Secretariat celebrates International Human Rights Day
NGO Development Center and partners highlight the need to protect and promote human rights throughout the oPt.
 
 
"SHAMS"issues a statement on the occasion of the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"SHAMS" center reminds the United Nations, and peace-loving countries, that, despite the passage of 63 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Palestinian people continue to suffer under the yoke of occupation, in flagrant and continuous violations for its basic rights that comprise abuse of the right to life, arrest of thousands of citizens in the prisons of the occupation, prevention of freedom of movement, prevention of access to places of worship, demolition of houses, uprooting trees, confiscation of land and properties, building and expanding settlements, isolation of vi
 
 
Land Research Center: Increasing Attacks on Jerusalemites and their Properties in October 2011
October, 2011, has witnessed radical escalations and a brutal assault against Palestinians and their properties all around the West Bank especially the Occupied City of Jerusalem. It is believed that such attack took place in retaliation for the Palestinian statehood bid and accepting its full membership in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
 
 
Human Rights and Democracy Media Center, "SHAMS" issues a statement on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance
On the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance on 16th November, SHAMS center calls upon the need to resort to the principle of dialogue, and to refuse resorting to the use or threat of force, and stresses the need for establishing a new vision of tolerance beyond the boundaries of religion and individualism to become a prominent right that should be defended and protected legally.

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