|Civil Liberties Program|
The aim of RCHRS’s Civil Liberties Program is to create an open, tolerant space where individuals can come together to discuss ways to protect and promote freedom of speech and freedom of belief. Recognizing how important an independent media is for the development of a thriving democracy, the Center focuses on ways to ensure that journalists can report on news without political, military or corporate interference and without fear of repression. We hold monthly meetings with reporters and academics to determine ways to ensure press freedom. We also conduct regular surveys to gauge the public’s perceptions about their media. These activities are carried out in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
RCHRS’s Civil Liberties Program also examines the treatment of Palestinian prisoners both during and after their incarceration. The Center tries to raise awareness about prisoner abuse and also examines how individuals are treated by the society at large upon their release.