HR/IHL Secretariat 2013-2017 - HR Secretariat 2013-2017

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Expected results

The overall objective of the HR/IHL Secretariat Programme:Contribute to the effective realisation of adherence to HR/IHL in the oPt, and influence the behaviour of the relevant duty bearers to that end, through civil society organisations supported by a consortium of donor countries. Sector level dimensions: Indirect influence of the programme through the work of the partner organisations; 1. Policies changes to promote further respect of International Human Right and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL) for the Palestinians by West Bank, Gaza and Israeli authorities.2. Extent to which the Palestinian Authority adheres to international human rights standards.3. Extent of partner CSO policy recommendations/papers used as reference by donors and other sector stakeholders in dialogue with Palestinian and Israeli authorities.4. Extent of effective engagements in associations, coalitions, and networks amongst partner CSOs.5. Extent of media coverage of IHRHL initiatives and outputs of the partner CSOs.      


The HR/IHL Secretariat provided core funding to 24 CSO partners over a four year period, 2014 - 2017, in addition to providing an opportunity and space for collaboration and interaction, as well as providing targeted capacity building to participating organisations. Annual project support was also provided to around 37 organisations and for specific activities during the same period. The HR/IHL Secretariat program supported organisations to enhance their collaborative efforts to challenge an entrenched culture of impunity and counteract escalating attacks aimed at undermining their work. An independent assessment of the Secretariat’s 2017 partners found they formed an “impressive whole” worthy of continued support and noted the level of coordination and collaboration amongst them as “unprecedented in the region.” Initially, the program included provision of funds for the three years 2014-2016 with a total grant amount of USD 15 Million, including core, project and emergency funding. However, during the extension year 2017, the Secretariat supported the 24 strategic partners with supplementary core funds for a total amount of $5.5 million. Grant funds continued to support work throughout the oPt across ten key inter-connected HR/IHL related themes. Examples of results within the program are the long-term litigation efforts that led to several critical achievements in 2017 including two separate rulings protecting residency rights of Palestinian Jerusalemites and recognising Palestinians as an “indigenous population” with a “unique status” in the city; securing legal status for over 1,500 spouses in East Jerusalem; the evacuation and dismantling of Amona settlement, a partial injunction freezing the operative parts of the Settlement Regularisation Law, successful challenges to the use of revocation of residency on punitive grounds; and the halting of demolition orders. At the international level, partners jointly made two new submissions to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, followed up on 2016 United Nations Convention Against Torture (UN CAT) recommendations to Israel, and submitted a shadow report on CEDAW for both Israel and Palestine. The Secretariat’s Palestinian partners were also instrumental in contesting a range of Palestinian legislation and regulations threatening to undermine basic freedoms; such as securing the suspension of the amendment to the Penal Code and a law by decree pertaining to the High Criminal Court and mobilising widespread civil society protest to the new Cybercrime Law and salary cuts to civil servants in Gaza. They engaged with representatives from over a dozen ministries and local authorities as well as the judiciary to build greater accountability on a diversity of issues like GBV, protection of women and children, workers’ rights and public freedoms. In addition, Palestinian partners continued to use opportunities for enhanced accountability created by the PA’s accession to key international treaties and conventions such as CEDAW and CAT. CSO partners were likewise at the forefront of several significant domestic and international advocacy campaigns that brought together broad alliances of actors to expose particularly urgent impact of rights violations and mobilise support for positive change. Among these were campaigns to halt child detention, end electricity cuts to Gaza, facilitate access to health care for Gazan women with breast cancer, protect human rights defenders and protect freedom of the press. In addition, CSO partners continued to provide legal aid and counselling to thousands of Palestinians seeking protection and redress for rights violations. Thousands of men and women, youth and children from across the oPt gained knowledge on a wide range of rights issues and were empowered to pursue collective action in support of their realisation. As a result, women’s representation in unions increased; child representatives engaged with government representatives to demand



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Aid type
C01 - Project-type interventions
Palestine 2015-2019


Palestinian Territory, Occupied


Government and civil society
Human rights


Activity length
2013 – 2019

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2014 USD 1 559 790
2015 USD 1 186 338
2016 USD 2 220 534
2017 USD 2 340 002
2019 USD - 15 271
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 7 291 393
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2013-06-01USD 9 166 001
USD 1 559 790
USD 1 186 338
USD 2 220 534
USD 2 340 002
USD -15 271

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Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


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