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Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat

DANIDA funding to the IHL Secretariat 2013-2016

*DANIDA does not report a grant for 2015.

  • The IHL Secretariat funds highly politicized NGOs that promote BDS campaigns and engage in legal warfare against Israeli officials and companies that do business with Israel. Some of these NGOs have ties to terror, promote blatant antisemitism, distort facts, advance a “1948 agenda,” and exploit the false “apartheid” analogy, undermining peace and contributing to radicalization.
  • The Secretariat funds Al-Haq and Addameer, both of which have alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), recognized as a terrorist organization by the U.S., EU, Canada and Israel.
  • NGOs funded by the IHL Secretariat include:
    • BADIL (Secretariat core funding: $370,000) a leader in Palestinian “right of return” and international anti-Zionist boycott campaigns.
    • Al-Haq (Secretariat core funding: $710,000) a leader in anti-Israel demonization through lawsuits (“lawfare”) and campaigns at the International Criminal Court, as well as BDS activities.
    • Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) (Secretariat core funding: $710,000) accuses Israel of “crimes” in confronting Palestinians carrying out stabbing attacks. Calls Hamas rockets that injure Palestinians a “misuse of weapons.”

Direct funding:

  • Denmark provides limited direct funding to organizations in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. The Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv’s website discloses funding for a project with Bimkom. (No other information is available.) Bimkom also receives funding from the IHL Secretariat.
    • Bimkom’s submissions to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits do not reflect Denmark’s support for the NGO.
  • The Danish Representative Office in Ramallah does not appear to directly fund NGOs.
  • Although the Danida funding database does not list PCHR as a recipient, PCHR includes the Royal Danish Representative Office as one of its funders in its 2015 Annual Report.
    • PCHR has tried to have cases brought against Israeli officials in England, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, and New Zealand. The group has filed for punitive damages in the U.S. against companies doing business with Israel. In 2010, PCHR published “The Principle and Practice of Universal Jurisdiction: PCHR’s Work in the occupied Palestinian territory,” advancing allegations of Israel’s “violations of international humanitarian law,” “war crimes,” and “culture of pervasive impunity.” PCHR’s campaign has also focused on pursuing charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court, including meetings with ICC officials in Hague to “explore different avenues to bring justice to the victims of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

Direct Danish funding to Palestinian and European Organizations

  • DanChurchAid received approximately $32 million in 2015 and $38 million in 2014.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR)

  • ICHR received $784,357 in 2016 (as of December 12, 2016) and $903,860 in 2014 from DANIDA. ICHR is a quasi-governmental Palestinian organization, which refers to explosions in Hamas military training camps and deaths in tunnels between Gaza and Egypt as human rights violations against Palestinians. Denmark committed $6 million to ICHR for 2017-2020.


  • DanWatch’s describes itself as an “investigative media and research center, that produces journalism in the interest of the public.” However, the organization leverages this allegedly “independent" position to politically attack Israel. As part of the BDS campaign against Israel, DanWatch has targeted Israeli and European corporations Ahava, G4S, and ISS, Israeli agricultural products, and tour operators.
  • While DanWatch describes itself as “a watchdog,” its own financial reports show that DanWatch practices limited financial transparency and does not release detailed information regarding its own funding sources.
  • DanWatch bases its research on unreliable, biased, and radical sources active in the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Who Profits, ICAHD, and Al-Haq.

Oxfam GB


DCA projects listed on website:

Implementing partnersProjectFunding - TotalSourceYear / s
Christian Blind MissionEarly Recovery Of Livelihoods For Vulnerable Women With Disabilities In The Gaza Strip€216,844Christian Blind Mission: €183,000September 1, 2015
Duration: 19 months
The Applied Research Institute - JerusalemImproving living conditions of vulnerable households in marginalized areas in Palestine$336,500UNDP : $250,000July 1, 2013

Duration: 12 months
The Applied Research Institute - JerusalemImproving the living conditions of vulnerable households and herders in the southern part of Hebron$250,000UNDPJuly 1, 2015

Duration:  9 months
Grassroots Jerusalem Human rights for East Jerusalemites living under occupation€1,132,060EuropeAid € 950,000June 14, 2011

Duration: 36 months
Youth Empowerment Center (YEC)Enhance Resilience and Restore Ability to learn of Children€236,151.94Caritas Switzerland €125,859.19January 6, 2015

Duration: 9 months
Finn Church Aid €40,000.00
Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Gaza Emergency Response$250,000Emergency Response Fund OCHA $250,000July 24, 2014

Duration: 1 month
Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Immediate Food and Hygiene assistance to vulnerable internally dicplaced [sic] people in Gaza.$160,000Christian Blind Mission $160,000July 26, 2014

Duration: 1.5 months
Augusta Victoria Hospital, PNA Ministry of Health, Union of Health Work Committees, Oyooni (My Eyes) Organization.Improving diabetes care in Gaza and diabetic eye and foot care in West Bank€814,821World Diabetes Foundation

July 1, 2013

Duration:  36 months
EJ YMCA, B’Tselem and BADIL, KEREM  Protection and Advocacy Action for Vulnerable people in the occupied palestinian territory, West Bank€1,316,841ECHO* €1,200,000July 1, 2013

Duration: 18 months
JRSProviding School Uniforms, School Bags and Stationary to Children$249,413UNOCHA $ 249,413October 28, 2014

Duration:  1 month
Youth Empowerment Center (YEC) and Jabalia Rehabilitation Society (JRS)Summer Camp in Northern Gaza - Integrating children with disabilities in the community€30,000Caritas Germany €10,000June 15, 2011

Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014
War Child Holland €10,000
The East Jerusalem Young Men’s Christian Association (EJ YMCA), Palestinian Working Women’s Society for Development (PWWSD), Women’s Affairs Center (WAC).Women´s inheritance and property rights in Palestine€860,088EuropeAid
June 15, 2011

Duration: 2 months each summer from 2011-2014

Appendix 1

Screenshots from DANIDA OpenAid– December 11, 2016

Danish funding to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law IHL Secretariat










NIRAS also received Danish funding through the “Transitional Programme 2014 2015








Danish funding to Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (December 12, 2016)










Danish funding to Oxfam GB through the “Transitional Programme 2014-2015”










Danish funding to DanWatch












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