Event: ‘The Palestinian Authority and Human Rights’


Bassem Eid

TIME: 18:00 – 19:00, Tuesday 17th May 2016

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, SW1P 4QP

SPEAKER: Bassem Eid, Founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

Event Summary


As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas enters the eleventh year of what was supposed to have been a four year presidential term, the areas under his control continue to suffer from a serious set of human rights abuses. The Middle East remains crowded with regimes that have appalling human rights records. Yet the Palestinian Authority stands out on account of the extensive international support and sympathy that it enjoys while continuing to transgress human rights law. As well as failing to hold elections, the Palestinian Authority stands accused of a plethora of abuses of civil liberties, including supressing freedom of the press, preventing freedom of assembly and disrupting peaceful demonstrations. Arbitrary detention remains a particularly widespread problem in the Palestinian Authority, and complaints of torture and even extrajudicial killing are far from uncommon. Concerns also exist regarding the unequal treatment of women, as well as the persecution of homosexuals, and discrimination against other minority groups. Despite these crimes, Britain remains a significant financial contributor to the Palestinian Authority as part of state building efforts that hope to see the Palestinian leadership transition toward responsible and democratic governance. Yet, increasingly many are asking whether financial assistance should now be made dependent upon the Palestinian Authority undertaking real and meaningful reform.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Bassem Eid, Founder of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group who will be speaking about the current situation regarding human rights in Palestine and exploring if the British government should still be a financial contributor to the Palestinian Authority.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@henryjacksonsociety.org – RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. We will send a confirmation that will be required to attend the event.

Speaker biography:

Bassem Eid is the Founder and former Director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. Born in Jerusalem, he spent the first 33 years of his life in the Shuafat Refugee Camp on the outskirts of the city and became a prominent figure during the first Intifada as Senior Field Researcher for the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Bassem Eid is the author of many published works and also contributes editorial articles to publications such as The Jerusalem Post and Times of Israel.


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