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Letters Sent to UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine’s Cyber Crimes Law

Al-Haq called attention to Palestine’s draft law on cyber crimes in February 2017 in a letter sent to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye. In the letter, Al-Haq noted that the draft law contravened both the …

Will Palestine’s New Cybercrime Law Pave the Way for More Rights Violations?

In a state of secrecy and lack of transparency, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a new cybercrime law that further tightens the noose on Palestinians’ freedom of expression and privacy online. Palestinian media and civil society organizations have slammed the new law and called for its immediate freeze until it is publicly debated …

Israeli forces detain 21 Palestinians, PLC deputy, in overnight West Bank raids

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 21 Palestinians, including a deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), in overnight raids between Tuesday and Wednesday across the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources. Israeli raids in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps are a daily occurrence …

Cybercrime law draws mixed reactions among Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently approved a law to battle cybercrime in the West Bank, but some journalists and citizens worry ulterior motives might be involved. The version of the bill Abbas signed June 24 isn’t the one journalists and the public were expecting, said Nabhan Khreisheh, a member of the Union of Palestinian Journalists’ General Secretariat. He told Al-Quds …

Arab Democracy Index 5 The Arab Democracy Index: A Marked Decline in Freedoms and Reform

Press release A report published today by the Arab Reform Initiative and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, in partnership with ten research centres in the Arab world, shows a decline in the Arab Democracy Index and the shortcomings of the process of democratic change and its inability …

The Matrix: Rights, government and daily life in Palestine

I’d like to introduce you to three Palestinian women: Sarah, Fatima and Khalida. Sarah is from East Jerusalem and has an East Jerusalem ID. Fatima is from Haifa and has Israeli citizenship. Khalida is from Ramallah proper and has a PA-issued ID card (pre-approved by the military’s “Israeli civil administration”). …

Gaza to see forced military retirement in June

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to enact in June a controversial law that will force about half of Gaza’s security personnel to retire, while leaving the West Bank’s force intact. Officials in the security services have started contacting staff members to inform them of …

Israel detained 509 Palestinians in March, report says

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 509 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory during the month of March, prisoners’ rights organizations said in a joint report on Sunday. The report — written by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, and …

PA bans Palestinian lawmaker from leaving West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) was denied entry into Jordan from the occupied West Bank via the Allenby Bridge by Palestinian Authority (PA) checkpoint authorities on Wednesday. Najat Abu Bakr told Ma’an that the PA crossings authority in Jericho had informed her that she …

PCHR: Holding local elections requires comprehensive national dialogue

PNN/ Gaza/ On 31 Januarys 2017, the Palestinian Council of Ministers issued a decision to hold local elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 13 May 2017.  The decision assigned the Central Elections Commission (CEC) to carry out the necessary preparations to start the elections and the Minister …