Date: 02 June 2009
PCHR Organizes Three Panel Discussions in Khan Yunis and al-Boreij Refugee Camp
In the past days, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) Democratic Development Unit (DDU) organized three panel discussions in Khan Yunis and al-Boreij refugee camp in cooperation with local civil society organizations. The first meeting was held on Tuesday, 25 May 2009, in Khan Yunis in cooperation with the National Association for Democracy and Law. Approximately 25 participants, who are university students or new graduates and volunteers in civil society organizations, attended the meeting. Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, facilitated this panel discussion. Nafez al-Khaldi, a researcher in PCHR’s DDU, presented a paper on “the Right to Association under the Rule of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)”.
The second meeting took place on Monday, 1 June 2009, in cooperation with the Palestinian Vanguards Association. Approximately 30 participants attended the meeting that was held in Khan Yunis. Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, facilitated this panel discussion. Mahmoud al-Efranji, a researcher in PCHR’s DDU, presented a paper on “the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression under the Rule of the PNA).” With regard to the third and last meeting, it took place on Tuesday morning, 2 June 2009, in cooperation with the Youth Media Coalition (YMC) in al-Boreij refugee camp. The meeting was held in YMC’s office in participation with 25 attendants. It was facilitated by Mahmoud al-Efranji. Salah Abu Hatab, social activist, presented a position paper on “Death Penalty under the Rule of the PNA.”
These three workshops 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 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.