The overriding goal of the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law (IHL) programme is to increase respect of and further implement international law, specifically international humanitarian law, in Israel and Palestine.
By raising awareness of IHL within Israeli and Palestinian societies and the International Community and by advancing IHLís implementation in this conflict, we hope to contribute to the improvement of the humanitarian situation in the occupied Palestinian territory and promote peace. This includes promoting knowledge and respect for IHL toward a change of policies among decision makers regarding IHL and to improve accountability for the benefit of society and victims.
Why working on IHL?
Increased respect for International Humanitarian Law is a mean to improve the humanitarian situation, and create a possibility for peace in the region. Lack of knowledge and lack of political will are usually the main reasons for not respecting international humanitarian law. Through this program, Diakonia works toward tackling the root cause of conflict by addressing the issue of lack of knowledge and awareness to IHL, as well as advocates for its respect.Read more about why we work on IHL
We seek to increase awareness
The program seeks to increase awareness to International Humanitarian Law among:
As far as possible, the disseminated IHL information and work with partner organizations also include a gender perspective.
How do we work?
The program consists of three interlinked components:
The Wall near Um-Al-Fahem, October 2003. Photo: Yehezkiel Lein, B'Tselem