Mr Rifat Kassis

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Born in Palestine, Mr Rifat Kassis has long been active in human rights fields on national and international levels. He has been imprisoned several times by Israel for his human rights advocacy and community work.

In 1988, he worked as director for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) rehabilitation programs in Palestine. In 1991, he founded the first independent Palestinian child rights NGO: a national section of Defence for Children International (DCI). He was elected President of DCI movement at the global level in 2005 and re-elected in October 2008. As of November 2008, he is managing DCI/Palestine.

In 1996, he worked for some donor agencies in Central Asia for five years. Upon returning to Palestine, he worked as the Executive Director of the YMCA there. In 2005, he worked as the Manager of the World Council of Churches’ human rights program on Palestine and Israel, which monitors and reports human rights violations according to international law.

He is a board member in many national and international organisations and has published numerous articles and has been invited to speak at several conferences.

He published three books: Palestine: A Bleeding Wound in the World’s Conscience, Palestinian Christians: Facts, Figures and Trends and Kairos for Palestine.

Born in Palestine, Mr Rifat Kassis has long been active in human rights fields on national and international levels. He has been imprisoned several times by Israel for his human rights advocacy and community work.

In 1988, he worked as director for the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) rehabilitation programs in Palestine. In 1991, he founded the first independent Palestinian child rights NGO: a national section of Defence for Children International (DCI). He was elected President of DCI movement at the global level in 2005 and re-elected in October 2008. As of November 2008, he is managing DCI/Palestine.

In 1996, he worked for some donor agencies in Central Asia for five years. Upon returning to Palestine, he worked as the Executive Director of the YMCA there. In 2005, he worked as the Manager of the World Council of Churches’ human rights program on Palestine and Israel, which monitors and reports human rights violations according to international law.

He is a board member in many national and international organisations and has published numerous articles and has been invited to speak at several conferences.

He published three books: Palestine: A Bleeding Wound in the World’s Conscience, Palestinian Christians: Facts, Figures and Trends and Kairos for Palestine.