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Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR)
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) works to protect human rights and promote the rule of law. They have been recognized as an effective voice of the Palestinian people through awards such as the Human Rights Prize from France. PCHR has gained an international reputation as an independent voice on human rights vis-à-vis both Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
The Center monitors and documents human rights violations by the Palestinian Authority and Israel in the Gaza Strip. Its lawyers defend victims of human rights abuses, from cases of illegal detention to torture. Internationally and within the region, PCHR is an active advocate for the application of international law to the Palestinian situation, providing definitive studies and presenting testimonies on a variety of global platforms.
PCHR gained further respect in the international community during and following the December 2008-January 2009 attacks on Gaza through their precise attention to detail in documentation of violations of rights.
Another example of their work is documenting violations of the law of the sea and representing Gazan fishers. According to international maritime law, fishers have access to at least 12 nautical miles. But in Gaza, fishers are harassed and even shot at the three-mile marker. PCHR defends their rights within the legal unit.
Grassroots International primarily supports PCHR's legal unit, which prosecutes cases for victims of human rights violations.