Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

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Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG)
المجموعة الفلسطينية لمراقبة حقوق الإنسان
Key people
Bassem Eid (Executive Director)

The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) was a human rights group led by Bassem Eid, a former fieldworker for B'Tselem.[1] It was active from 1996 to 2011 and largely focused on monitoring human rights violations by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).[2][3]

According to B'Tselem, PHRMG "monitors human rights violations by both Israel and the Palestinian National Authority."[1] According to NGO Monitor, PHRMG "documents human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, regardless of who is responsible."[4] However, the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, edited by Cheryl Rubenberg, points out that despite the potential of PHRMG for that larger scope of reporting according to its official mandate, "in practice, the group has dedicated most of its work to monitoring human rights violations committed by the PNA."[2] In April 2006, the group published its final regular bulletin on human rights,[5] and it closed it doors officially in 2011 due to lack of funding.[3]

PHRMG was founded by Eid when he quit B'Tselem over the organization's decision, as an Israeli NGO, to focus on Israeli human rights violations rather than those committed by Palestinian groups.[3] In 1997, The Washington Post described PHRMG as "defying a taboo" among human rights organizations against criticizing violations of human rights by Palestinian governing authorities.[6]

According to pro-Israel advocate group NGO Monitor, funders for PHRMG included Ireland Aid-Development Cooperation Division, The Moriah Fund, Finnish Representative Office to the PA, and Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP); however NGO Monitor does not provide any evidence for those claims.[4][clarification needed]


  1. ^ a b "Human Rights Links". B'Tselem. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b Rubenberg, Cheryl. "Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group." Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012, p. 1095.
  3. ^ a b c Muvarchik, Joshua (18 November 2015). "Bassem Eid Made 'B'Tselem' Famous by Reporting Israeli Abuses. Now He's a Traitor". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG)". NGO Monitor. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Web Archive of PHRMG website". PHRMG. Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Gellman, Barton (27 May 1997). "Palestinian Rights Group Accuses Arafat's Authority Of 'Large-Scale' Torture". The Washington Post. ProQuest 1456655490.