Palestinian Housing Rights Conference 

29 - 30 May 2011

 

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The First Conference on the Palestinian Housing Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Conference  up

 

Background

Conference Themes

Outputs of the conference

Specific objectives

Conference Language

Venue

Participants

Symposium

 

Registration

Tour Visit

Conference Program
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Thousands of Palestinian houses have been demolished since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967. House demolition is the policy tool used to establish and expand the illegal Israeli settlements, as well as building the Annexation & Expansion Wall. Furthermore, house demolition is also a policy employed during military operations and as a penalizing measure against individuals whom were just detained for their resistant activities. Thus, in consequence, Palestinian families suffer from being homeless. The demolishing policy also carried out on basis of being built without Israeli permit, which is generally impossible to obtain.

Since the Annapolis Conference held in November 2007, Israeli occupation forces have demolished dozens of homes in East Jerusalem for  the lack of building permits, meanwhile, plans for thousands of additional settlement housing units for exclusive Jewish use have been approved during the same period. In conclusion, Palestinians are gradually being expelled from Jerusalem under the eyes of the international community.

These measures taken by the Israeli occupying forces constitute a sustained, systematic and flagrant breach of Israelís obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

Those Israeli occupation policies particularly the ongoing policy of house demolition in East Jerusalem, that prevent Palestinian from having their right to adequate housing lead to punishment under Article 16 of the convention Against Torture, as well as seek to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

The main goal of this conference is to bring together official and civilian national and international NGOs and individuals interested in the rights of land and/or adequate housing: to exchange knowledge; understand the relevance of human right to adequate housing; and to work together toward a concerted campaign addressing the Israeli occupation policies that prevents Palestinian from having their right to adequate housing.

 

 

Specific objectives of the conference  

 

        To highlights on the legal aspect of the Palestinian rights on freely using their lands and adequate housing

        To highlights the Israeli violations of the Palestinianís adequate housing rights & freely  using of their land

        To launching the Palestinianís Housing Rights Movements

 

 

 

Participants

 

The conference is open to all interested participants including foreigner experts who are invited as main speakers.

 

 

 

Registration

 

To register for the conference, please login to the website: phrc.lrcj.org, then switch to: Registration.

 

 

 

Conference Themes

 

The following themes will be exposed:

        Israeli practices and violations against land; Palestinian population and housing (planning, confiscation, demolition).

        Historical and legal rights of the Palestinians to free use of land and adequate housing according to international law.

        National and International practical experiences on implementing the international human rights for housing and free use of land.

        Future visions for defending the Palestinians freely land uses and housing rights.

 

 

 

Conference Language

 

The official languages of the conference will be Arabic. Translation service will be available from Arabic to English and vice versa.

 

 

 

Symposium

 

Parallel to the sessions, an exhibition will be organized by Land Research Center (LRC) including following panels: Palestinian demolition houses; Impact of the Annexation and Expansion Segregation Wall and Israeli Violation against the Palestinian land and Environment.

 

 

 

Tour Visit

 

Social events and a tour visit to Jerusalem old city will be arranged.  

 

 

 

Outputs of the conference

 

        Steadfastness and recruitment of national and international supporters to the Palestinianís housing rights and land use.

        Awakening the Palestinianís awareness on the legal rights regarding their land and housing.

        Establishment of the Palestinianís Housing Rights Movements.

        Issue of a Legal Defend Guide for the Palestinianís housing rights.

 

 

 

Venue 

 

Sessions, symposium and accommodation will be held in the Palestinian Red Crescent Society building, Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine.

 

 

   

 


 

  The First Conference on the Palestinian Housing Rights   -    29-30 May 2011