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Al-haq Charity Profile
Al-Haq is an independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah, West Bank. Established in 1979 to protect and promote human rights and the rule of law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the organisation has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Al-Haq documents violations of the individual and collective rights of Palestinians in the OPT, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrator, and seeks to end such breaches by way of advocacy before national and international mechanisms and by holding the violators accountable. The organisation conducts research; prepares reports, studies and interventions on breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law in the OPT; and undertakes advocacy before local, regional and international bodies. Al-Haq also cooperates with Palestinian civil society organisations and governmental institutions in order to ensure that international human rights standards are reflected in Palestinian law and policies. The organisation has a specialised international law library for the use of its staff and the local community.
Al-Haq is the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists - Geneva, and is a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Habitat International Coalition (HIC), and the Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO).
Al-haq Volunteer Information
Al-Haq‘s Internship Programme provides an opportunity for individuals to gain practical experience by working on the ground with a human rights organisation. Al-Haq chooses applicants who will most benefit from the experience as well as those who can contribute the most to the organisation, based on their skills and interests and Al-Haq‘s current needs. Al-Haq principally recruits interns to work in its Legal Research and Advocacy Department, but will consider intern applications to work in Monitoring and Documentation, Media, Library, or Administration.
Internships are fulltime, run for a period of three to six months, and are voluntary (unpaid). Interns receive medical insurance, accommodation and reimbursement of local work-related travel expenses, but otherwise must arrange their own funding for all costs associated with their internship. Prospective interns must make sure – before accepting an internship at Al-Haq – that they have sufficient funding for the entire period of their internship.
Intern duties in Al-Haq‘s Legal Research and Advocacy Department include researching legal and factual issues, drafting various releases, assisting in international advocacy activities, field trips, and administrative tasks. Interns should expect a combination of challenging and routine tasks. Applicants should have a degree in international law, international relations, political science, Middle Eastern studies, or another relevant field. Those with a postgraduate degree are strongly encouraged to apply. Familiarity with the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is essential. Knowledge of international human rights, humanitarian law and international criminal law is highly desirable. The working languages of Al-Haq are Arabic and English. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Arabic is helpful, but not required. Computer literacy and familiarity with word-processing programs is essential.