Ref: 34/2009

Date: 15 July 2009

 

PCHR Organizes Four Panel Discussions in the Context of PCHR’s Activities to Enforce Democracy in the Palestinian Society

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) Democratic Development Unit (DDU) organized four panel discussions in Khan Yunis, al-Maghazi Refugee Camp and in Gaza city in cooperation with local civil society organizations.  The last meeting was held on Wednesday morning, 15 July 2009, in cooperation with Sharek Youth Forum in Gaza city in participation with 25 female and male students majored in media and in participation with new graduates.  It was held in the main office of the Palestinian Development Forum (Nama’a).  Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, presented a position paper on ‘Concepts of Democracy and Political Participation under Democratic Regimes’. 

On Tuesday, 14 July 2009, PCHR organized a meeting in cooperation with the Women’s Activities Center in al-Maghazi Refugee Camp.  Approximately 20 women, who are activists or volunteers at the Women’s Activities Center, participated in the meeting.  Mahmoud al-Efranji, a researcher at PCHR’s DDU, presented a paper on ‘the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression under the Rule of the Palestinian National Authority’.

On Tuesday, 8 July 2009, PCHR organized a meeting also in cooperation with the Women’s Activities Center in al-Maghazi Refugee Camp in participation with a number of female activists and volunteers at the Women’s Activities Center.  In the meeting, Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, presented a position paper on ‘Concepts of Democracy and Political Participation under Democratic Regimes’. 

On 5 July 2009, PCHR organized a meeting in cooperation with a coalition of civil society organizations. Approximately 25 university students and new graduates participated in the meeting.  Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, presented a position paper on ‘Concepts of Democracy and Political Participation under Democratic Regimes’. 

These four meetings are part of a series of activities organized by PCHR – in cooperation with other civil society organizations – which intend to enhance and develop democracy in the Palestinian society.  These meetings aim to promote public awareness with respect to the principles of democracy, and to strengthen and enhance these principles in Palestinian society.  PCHR considers such activities as essential in light of Palestinians’ deteriorating faith in the democratic process.  This deterioration has arisen consequent to the international community’s boycott of the results of the Palestinian legislative elections of January 2006 and as a result of the internal political fragmentation and its consequent destructive impacts on the Palestinian national cause.