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Commission of Detainees Affairs is the only legal and official heir of the ministry of detainees' affairs, which was established in 1998 upon a presidential decree. The commission was established upon a presidential decree in 29/5/2014 by Mr. President, Mahmood Abbas, the president of the state of Palestine, and the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

An administratively and financially independent commission was established in accordance with this decree and its statute is approved by the Palestinian president.
Later, in 28/8/2014 a presidential decree was issued and stated that Mr. Issa Qaraqe' to be the head of the commission with the rank of minister.

•    The commission has the legal personality, administrative and financial independence to conduct all actions that ensure the achievements of its goals. This includes the possession of movable and immovable assets to conduct its business and to exercise its activities in accordance with the rules of law. The commission shall enjoy exemptions and facilities granted to ministries and governmental departments in the State of Palestine.
The commission is the official, legal, social, and political reference to the cause of Palestinian and Arab detainees in the Israeli occupation prisons to defend their humanitarian and legal rights in accordance with the international law, international resolutions and charters, and human rights organizations. The commission seeks to release all detainees and provide the legal protection for them without any political, social or ethnic discrimination.
Principles of the commission are based on fundamental and consistent rules in recognizing the legitimacy of the national struggle of Palestinian detainees against the occupation, and gaining the description of legal freedom fighters. In addition, there are responsibilities on the Israeli government being an occupying power against the rights of detainees, besides the responsibilities on the international community and its institutions to oblige Israel to apply and respect the rules of international law.
The Commission of Detainees Affairs is committed to defend the freedom of Palestinian detainees and their legitimate rights as an essential part of defending the Palestinian people rights in self-determination and living in peace and dignity in their homeland, Palestine, after becoming an observer member of the United Nations on 29/11/2012.
The Commission works according to the principles and concepts of medium-term strategic planning, which is followed by the annual executive plans to be able to serve detainees and ex-detainees.

Commission's vision:
The commission looks forward to obtain human justice, and to consolidate freedom, democracy, culture and values of human rights. In addition to support the right of Palestinian people to freedom, independence, decent life and dignity.

Commission's mission:

1.    Adopting the cause of detainees, defending them and take care of them is considered a national, legal, humane, and moral commitment which correspond the rights of     the Palestinian people and international resolutions and conventions.
2.    The fairness of cause of detainees in Israeli jails stems from the fairness of the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights they struggle for.
3.    The liberation of all detainees in the Israeli jails which is deemed to be a part of the right of the Palestinian people of  self- determination, the right of return, the right of independence, and the right of  establishing an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.
4.    Confirming that the legitimacy of detainees' struggle stems from being detainees of a national liberation movement to which the relevant international conventions apply.
5.    Compel the international community to implement its role and obligations to face the Israeli violations against Palestinian detainees in accordance with the rules of international law.
6.    Raise awareness about detainees' cause as freedom fighters who respect and deserve human rights.
7.    Rehabilitation of detainees after liberation to take their role as a productive power capable of contributing to build a free democratic society.

The commission's objectives:

First: Strategic objective

1.    To free all Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails
2.    To highlight the detainees' cause as a national cause and part of our right of self-determination.
3.    To consider the detainees' cause as a national constants and basic files to the political solution, negotiations or political settlement.

Secondly: provide care for detainees and ex- detainees to preserve their human dignity through:

1.    Providing human and financial support for detainees in custody.
2.    Support and sustain unemployed detainees and improve their living conditions.
3.    Follow up the health conditions of detainees and ex-detainees and provide them with a proper medical treatment.
4.    Providing medical care for detainees and their families through services of governmental health insurance.
5.    Provide support and care for child detainees according to programs and plans made by the commission.

Thirdly: Rehabilitation and reintegration for ex- detainees in the Palestinian society through:

1.    Strengthen their capacity and scientific and academic qualifications in different fields.
2.    Enable ex-detainees to have professional skills in various professional fields.
3.    Enable ex-detainees to develop small projects.
4.    Provide ex-detainees professional and social guidance to facilitate getting a job.
5.    Rehabilitation and reintegration of child detainees in education.

Fourthly: legal support for detainees through:

1.    Provide legal defense for detainees and preserve their collective and individual rights.
2.    Documenting the gross violations of the Israeli occupation committed against detainees and the breach of international humanitarian law and human rights charters.
3.    Issuing legal researches and advertising materials on the conditions of detainees and their rights.
4.    Raise the cause of detainees, defend them and represent them before international bodies.

Fifthly: mobilize solidarity to the detainees' cause through:

1.    Provide national, regional, and international support to free all detainees.
2.    Coordination and cooperation with human rights organizations to establish awareness on the detainees' cause.
3.    Coordinate the international advocacy, exchange information related to prisoners, and publish them with governmental and private institutions.
4.    Carry out campaigns and popular activities to advocate the detainees and their rights.
5.    Provide care for detainees and released detainees who were detained outside Palestine because of their participation in struggling for the independence and freedom of Palestine.
6.    Organize the legal and political interventions of states and international bodies to support the cause of detainees at all levels.

Commission duties:

1.    Provide care for detainees in jails and provide legal and financial support to facilitate their lives. Besides, highlighting the legal. Political and humanitarian dimensions of the detainees' cause at all levels as part of the national liberation cause.
2.    Provide necessary services for the released detainees according to specific programs supervised by the commission.
3.    Cooperate with committees and associations of released detainees to benefit from their competence inside and outside the country.
4.    Defending the rights of Palestinian an Arab detainees on the basis of the principles and rules of International Humanitarian Law, since the provisions of human rights charters and international conventions constitute a tool that can be used to struggle to achieve the national objectives of detainees.
5.    Carry out campaigns and popular activities to advocate the detainees and their rights.
6.    Activate and involve the Palestinian civil society and its institutions in carrying out their responsibilities to the cause of detainees, including rehabilitation programs, integration in the Palestinian society and help them and their families in the social, political, economic and legal fields.
7.    Contribute in developing a Palestinian national program to attract the Arab, regional and international public opinion in favor of detainees' rights.
8.    Issuing legal researches and advertising materials on the conditions of detainees and their rights.
9.    Supporting university education and cultural education for detainees inside the prisons, and contributing to develop an academic course in universities and colleges dealing with the cause of detainees.
10.    Employ the released detainees and female detainees in coordination with governmental organizations and private sector.

Executive duties:

Regulative units, major public departments and the Head of the Commission Office are responsible to implement the functions of the commission and its policies based on the adopted strategies of the commission. The work of the commission is based on the rules of procedure of the Commission of Detainees Affairs, and the supplementary legal rules of the detainees and ex-detainees law No.19 of 2004.