BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AND DIRECTOR GENERAL
"A 17-member board of commissioners currently runs ICHR. These highly credible Commissioners are prominent members of the Palestinian society, and were selected from both inside Palestine and the Diaspora, to confirm the need for communication between different Palestinian communities, and to benefit from the expertise of the members of the Diaspora in enhancing and promoting ICHR. The Executive Office, emanating from the Board of Commissioners and headed by the Commissioner General, is the highest authority within ICHR and oversees its operations and performance. The Director General, appointed by the Executive Office, is the highest official responsible for managing divisions and staff in headquarters and Regional Offices. Until the law regulating the work of ICHR is passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council, ICHR's Board of Commissioners will continue to be the highest decision-making body.
Commissioners are selected in accordance with criteria as stated in ICHR's Bylaws and based on the Paris Principles.
The Director General leads the executive team of the ICHR, and he/she shall assume the duties of managing the day-to-day work in accordance with the approved strategies, plans, policies and regulations, and assume the responsibility of supervising the employees. The Director General shall contribute to the representation ICHR and develop its relations with all relevant official and non-official bodies, As well as making statements on the position of the Commission on human rights issues and initiating lobbying, advocacy and intervention with official institutions in human rights issues.
The Commissioner General of ICHR since July 2021, and he is the general director of Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, and a founding member of The Palestinian NGO Network (PNGO); which is a coalition of 142 Palestinian civil society organizations most of which are pioneering in different developmental and humanitarian sectors. Graduated from Bir Zeit University, and holds a master's degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Prior to his current job, he filled several posts in different Civil Society Organizations. He was active in establishing Civil Society Organizations and other public frameworks. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Human Rights Council, Civic Coalition for the Defense of Jerusalemites and Coalition for the Monitoring of Public Freedoms.
He is currently a BOD member of PNGO (Palestinian Network of NGOs)
Deputy Commissioner-General of ICHR, he was Born in 24/4/1971 in Gaza , Palestine, he is the director of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) in Gaza strip since 1999. He has been working as a part-time correspondent for the Jordanian news agency Petra since 1996. Amjad has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing and a Master of American Studies. He also has a professional Diploma in teaching deaf children in Gaza and worked as teacher of deaf from 1992 till 1999. He is a member of The Palestinian Resource Group on Conflict Transformation also co-founder and board member of many NGO's.
Amjad participated om many international and national events and conferences , he has many articles on human rights and civil society issues.
Asem Khalil is an Associate Professor of Public Law, Vice President for Community Affairs, H.H. Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair in Constitutional and International Law, Birzeit University. Dr. Khalil is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration (2012-2015), and of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (2010-2012). He is a member of the board of trustees of the Independent Commission of Human Rights, and member of the executive committee of Al-Haq.
A Political Analyst, a former general director in the Directorate of Planning and Development in the Palestinian Ministry of Culture and Information. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yasser Arafat Foundation and has been the Vice Chairman of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights since five years. He is also a member of the editorial board of Tasamoh Magazine, which is issued in Ramallah by the Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, since ten years.. He is also the Vice President of the Al-Ard Center for Research and Policy Studies and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Secretariat. He is also a writer in the Palestinian daily Newspaper Al-Ayyam. He has written long and short articles and studies in a number of periodics, and has previously served in many of the Management positions in media organizations.
He holds a Ph.D in philosophy and teaches at Birzeit University in the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, the MA Program in Democracy and Human Rights, the MA Program in Contemporary Arab Studies, and the Ph.D Program in the Social Sciences. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and Founding Dean of Graduate Studies at Birzeit University. He is also a co-founder of Muwatin,The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy and served as its founding General Director. He has written widely in specialized journals on topics in general philosophy, Islamic philosophy, democratization and political transformation, in addition to general journals, and edited and/or co-edited three books and is the author of After Arafat: Political Transformation During the Second Intifada. He contributes political commentary to various Arab and international newspapers,TV stations and radios, and serves as a member of the Board of several civil society organizations including being a founding member of the Palestinian NGO Network where he also served as an elected member of its Executive Committee.
She holds a Master's degree in Democracy and Human Rights and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Birzeit University. An activist in combating corruption and promoting good governance. She promotes social accountability and its linkage with human rights. She has accumulated experience and knowledge in the linkage between the impact of corruption on human rights. She is currently the Director of the Social Advocacy and Accountability Unit of “AMAN”, the national branch of Transparency International. She is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Social Accountability Network in the Arab World and also one of its founders. She also worked for the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) as the Director of the Governance and Human Rights Statistics Project. She served as the head of the Institutional National Accounts Department and was a member of a technical committee in a number of statistical surveys (economic, social and geographical).
A Palestinian lawyer from Ramallah, she received her BA in Middle East and Islamic Studies and MA from the University of Toronto, a PhD from Queen’s University School of Law, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She previously worked as a legal advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization and was a member of the team that worked On raising the issue of the Israeli wall before the International Court of Justice, a permanent commentator on the Palestinian issue in the international media such as (CNN) and (BBC), and a political analyst for Al Jazeera International. Regular contributor to the Middle East Journal. She practices law in Palestine, and focuses on international law and human rights.
Member of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission, a human rights and community activist member and founder of many committees and NGOs active in the field of human rights, businessman and administrative director of Jabal Al-Baraka Tahini Factory in Nablus, head of the Administrative Board of the Ramallah Center for Human Rights Studies, and secretary of the Commission Administrative of the Tahini Factories Syndicate in Palestine. He is also a founding member of the Tahini Factories Syndicate in Palestine. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nabulsi Diwans. He is also a member of the Committee for the Samaritan Medal. Vice-Chairman of the Samaritan Community Committee and Treasurer between 1998-2013, and between 1982-1998 Member of the Administrative Board of the Samaritan Youth Club, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at An-Najah National University
Rawan Damen - Director General of ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalists). Filmmaker and Media consultant. Rawan Damen has over 20 years of experience in media coaching and management; in addition to TV and digital production career
She produced and directed more than 30 hours of TV documentaries and investigations, translated to multiple languages, including the internationally renowned award-winning documentary series Al-Nakba, Owners of the Land, The Price of Oslo and others. Rawan worked as a senior commissioning producer at Al Jazeera Media Network for 10 years (2006 – 2016), commissioning 250 hours of documentaries and investigations. She holds an MA (with Distinction) in Communications Studies from Leeds University, UK, 2003 and BA (with Distinction) in Media and Sociology from Birzeit University, Palestine, 2001. She received the Media Creativity Award by the Arab Thought Foundation in Beirut, 2015
Luna Saadeh is a gender and women rights advocate and consultant and a member at the Arab Women Organization Permanent Advisory Committee for Policy and Administrative, Financial and Legal Affairs. She focuses her efforts on integrating women’s rights into national plans, policies and legislation at local, regional and international levels. Further, she has worked as a consultant on matters covering women’s rights and the agenda of security, peace and sustainable development, and has long and broad experience in documenting violations against women from the perspective of International Humanitarian Law. Ms. Saadeh has published many local studies on women and girls’ rights tackling issues related to development and humanitarian interventions, as well as preparing studies and papers on women’s right to access justice, political and economic participation and on gender-based violence. Ms. Saadeh has a Master’s degree in Women’s Development and Law from Bir-Zeit University, in addition to taking part in many regional and international round table discussions and programs.
Member of the Board of Commissioners, a human rights and community activist born in 1965 in Dura City and educated in its schools. He lost his sight during his studies at the University of Hebron, where he received a bachelor degree in education and psychology. He received a Fulbright scholarship in 1995 and moved to the United States where he received a master's degree in social work from the University of San Francisco. He continued his educational path and studied law at Al-Quds University and received his second bachelor's degree in 2014. He also studied at Birzeit University and received two diplomas, the first in the management of NGOs in 2000, and the second in the Strategy and International communication from Ibrahim Abu Lughod Institute of International Studies in 2017.
He has a clear impact on the rights of Palestinian persons with disabilities. In 1991, he initiated the establishment of the General Union of Disabled Palestinians, where he volunteered and served as its Executive Director and was elected as its Chairperson from 2003-2005. He led the campaign to ratify the Palestinian People Disability Rights Law. He has participated in the establishment of the Arab Organization for Persons with Disabilities, representing Palestine, and served as its training officer. Similarly, he has represented Palestine and people with disabilities at the United Nations for four years to discuss the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and succeeded in extracting a reference to the rights of persons with disabilities under foreign occupation in its preamble. He devoted his life to defending persons with disabilities and raising awareness of their rights and issues. Member and Coordinator of the Supreme Council for Persons with Disabilities, Rapporteur of its Executive Office and Counselor on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Palestine’s representative in many international forums and participated in the training of dozens of activists of the rights movement of persons with disabilities in Palestine and the Arab world. He is an active member and founder of a number of committees, networks and civil society organizations active in the field of human rights.
He has many articles, studies, written contributions and media activities, he also prepares and presents a television program specialized in the affairs of people with disabilities.
The former Minister of Social Affairs, a human rights lawyer, and the General Director of the Human Rights Foundation in Bethlehem. He worked at the Human Rights Law Foundation for a long time and was part of the Think Tank Group to create the Bethlehem Institute of Leadership. He is a legal adviser to many institutions and centers and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Global Network for Rights and Development. A human rights activist and a member of the Council of Human Rights Institutions in Palestine.
Prof. Amal Al-Kahlout is the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, and has refereed her research to obtain a professorship, and is the recipient of the 2016 ISESCO Prize in Science and Technology in the Physics Branch.
In 1992, Dr. Amal obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, then a Master’s degree from Britain in 1999, and a Ph.D. from Germany in 2006. After graduating from her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a teaching assistant at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, and has been working since 2014 as Dean of the Faculty Science at Al-Azhar University.
In 2016, Al-Azhar University in Gaza nominated Dr. Amal for the Ministry of Education to compete for the award, and later she was chosen to receive the 2016 ISESCO Prize in Science and Technology, Physics Branch, for her research on solar energy.
The Director General of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), Combines strong legal and public administration backgrounds and skills. A lawyer by training and a part-time professor of public policy and public administration at Birzeit University.
Al-Dwaik (also Dwaik or Dweik) holds PhD in Social Policy and Management from Brandeis University, Masters in Law and Government from America University of Washington, DC and a Bachelor in Law from Al-Yarmouk University in Jordan.
Currently, Al -Dwaik is the CEO of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), the National and leading Palestinian human rights organization.
Al-Dwaik has a long and diverse experience in elections management, human rights, good governance and access to justice. He is a co-founder of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission (CEC) and its Chief Electoral officer from 2004-2006 during which he led the CEC executive body through the Palestinian presidential elections of 2005 and the legislative elections of 2006. Additionally he served with UNDP in Sudan as electoral specialist seconded to advise the Sudanese Elections Commission on technical electoral matters.
Al-Dwaik is an author and co-author of numerous legal studies and reports and policy papers. In addition, he drafted and co-drafted many draft laws, and by-laws. Prior to joining ICHR, He was involved in numerous local and regional consultancies in the fields of human rights, legal reform, elections and electoral management and public administration.