Diakonia, Support to International Humanitarian Law Program in the oPt

Projekt abgeschlossen
Diakonia' International Humanitarian Law Programme in the oPt, 2013, © Diakonia

The promotion of International humanitarian law (IHL) is at the core of Switzerland’s engagement in the occupied Palestinian territory. With its support to the Diakonia IHL resource Centre, Switzerland, together with other donors, will strengthen the capacities to monitor IHL violations and to utilize the various mechanisms of accountability and compliance, including the third-state responsibility.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Palästinensische Behörde
Konflikt & Fragilität
Conflict prevention and transformation
Rechtsstaatlichkeit - Demokratie - Menschenrechte
Menschenrechte (inkl. Frauenrechte)
Weiterentwicklung von Recht und Rechtsprechung
01.01.2012 - 31.12.2015
CHF  2’800’000

Forty five years of Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territory has created a complex situation of repeated and increased violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL). Breaches of IHL and IHRL have significant negative impacts on the development of the Palestinian territory, its institutions and society and therefore jeopardize its prospects of state-building. The long-term occupation, coupled with a de facto status of impunity has led to an international fatigue when it comes to altering the cause of events.


Living conditions of Palestinian women and men are improved as parties to the conflict, state actors falling under third-state responsibility, humanitarian actors, UN Agencies, private-sector actors and NGOs are increasingly made accountable for their responsibilities towards protected populations.


Third-state representatives, diplomatic missions, the EU, UN agencies present in oPt/ Israel, European likeminded INGOs working in Europe, media/journalists as well as potential investors in Israel & the oPt

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

  • Improved practice and knowledge of IHL, including compliance, obligations and violations among key stakeholders by mainstreaming IHL/IHRL and humanitarian principles into their policies and operations, leading to a safer living environment for protected populations.
  • Improved quality of monitoring of IHL violations and knowledge about the use of various mechanisms of accountability and compliance, leading to a more effective use of redress mechanisms.
  • Resultate

    Resultate von früheren Phasen:  

  • A consensual decision was reached among 4 donors to support IHL resource centre based on its 3 years strategic plan;
  • Provided research, legal analysis and practical advice on a number of pertinent IHL violations to donor community in oPt;
  • Increased no of IHL briefings to diplomatic missions, EU, UN agencies, INGO and NGO community;
  • Improved quality of monitoring of IHL violations by strategically building the capacities of 4 key Palestinian and Israeli HR organizations.

  • Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
    Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
    Projektpartner Vertragspartner
    • Andere internationale oder ausländische NGO Norden
    • Diakonia

    Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    2’800’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    2’642’042
    Projektphasen Phase 3 01.01.2017 - 30.11.2021   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

    Phase 1 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)