|Second Report on the State of Educational Rights - summary (1/7/2008 – 31/12/2008)|
In a new step by RCHRS to advocate educational rights and to defend academic
freedoms in Palestine, the centre has issued its first biannual report on violations
against academic freedoms and educational rights for the period covering 1/1/2008 -
By issuing this second biannual report, RCHR continues to monitor and document
violations against educational and academic freedom during the second half of 2008
in the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) territories in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip. In doing so, RCHRS has taken a full independent and impartial stance without
any biasness to one side or the other, relying heavily on international conventions
and agreements related to human rights.
This report fully tackles internal Palestinian issues and educational and academic
freedoms in the PNA territories, but it does not, in any way, exonerate the Israeli
occupation forces of their crimes against these rights and freedoms. RCHRS stresses
that Israeli occupation authorities are not innocent of allowing the conflict to escalate
in Palestine and reach the worst possible conditions witnessed in Palestine.
Moreover, many countries of the world are directly or indirectly considered partners
in allowing the situation in Palestine to deteriorate and the violations of the
Palestinian's rights to continue by not condemning crimes committed by the
occupation forces and by exerting pressure on the Palestinian Authority under many
pretexts, among which the responsibility to fulfill the obligations of the "Road Map".
During the period covered by this report, Israeli occupation forces deliberately
continued to commit grave violations targeting the whole educational sector in areas
under the Palestinian Authority. Israeli crimes and violations took the shape of
murder, arrests and attacks on educational institutions. Israeli military checkpoints
continued to impede the movement of students and teachers and to prevent them
from reaching their schools and universities. Checkpoint have even became "traps"
for arresting students while they are on their way to university.