Gill Swain photograph

Human Rights Work

In 2007, Gill worked for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) as a human rights observer. She was stationed in the West Bank city of Hebron and experienced life under Israeli military occupation alongside the Palestinian population.

The programme began in 2002 in response to an appeal from Christian church leaders in Jerusalem to the World Council of Churches. Participants monitor and report on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, support Palestinian and Israeli peace activists, offer protection through international presence and engage in public policy advocacy.

Around 15 countries take part in the programme which in the UK is managed by Quaker Peace and Social Witness. Whilst in Hebron, Gill wrote newsletters which she circulated to politicians, church leaders, family and friends and posted as a blog on the Daily Mirror’s website.

On her return she prepared a presentation on the impact of the occupation on both Palestinians and Israelis which she continues to deliver to diverse audiences including schools, church groups and community organisations.

Her commitment to working for a just peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is ongoing and has led to her taking on the editorship of Palestine News.

In addition, Gill has worked as an election observer for the Electoral Reform International Services (ERIS).

If you would like to see her presentation, please get in touch.

Links: (World Council of Churches)