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Coercive Environment Field Visits-H2

On June 15th 2017, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in the oPt arranged a field trip to the H2 Area of Hebron City. This field visit is part of a series of visits designed to enhance the understanding of the different elements of the coercive environment we see as creating or exacerbating the risk of forcible transfer facing Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank, and to encourage coordinated action in response. Six Representatives from 5 countries participated in the field visits, including the U.S.A., Denmark, Chile, Switzerland and Sweden. Members of the Palestinian Non Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) including BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights and Defense for Children Palestine were among the briefers and they covered coercive elements including: a general sense of insecurity due to heavy military presence and security operations, raids, harassment and arbitrary arrests; insecurity further due to violence and harassment by settlers in an environment of impunity and discriminatory law enforcement; significant movement and access restrictions with strong consequences on the access to education, health and daily needs.