Over the past months, Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation based in Ramallah in the West Bank, which has been defending human rights and promoting the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territory since 1979, has been the target of an increasing number of attacks. In February 2016, the level of attacks escalated, directly targeting Al-Haq’s representative before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague. On March 1, 2016, another death threat was directed to her and to Al-Haq’s General Director, Mr. Shawan Jabarin, also FIDH Vice-President, via an anonymous phone call. In the past weeks, many of Al-Haq’s staff members noted unidentified interferences in their e-mails and mobile phones, and found their accounts hacked. Al-Haq has also been subjected to a series of cyber attacks via emails containing Trojan horse viruses which, if not dealt with expediently, would have corrupted files as well as granted access to Al-Haq’s database. The complexity of these attacks confirm that they could only have been perpetrated by an entity with very sophisticated IT resources.
“These coordinated attacks against Al-Haq aim at intimidating the organisation that pressured the PA to join the ICC and that submitted together with Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) communications to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office urging it to open an investigation. All acts of harassment and intimidation must immediately stop.”