Rights groups meet to discuss solution for denial of passports to Gaza citizens

[ 26/10/2010 – 06:07 PM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– A council of Palestinian human rights groups denounced Tuesday the Ramallah government’s Ministry of Interior for denying a number of Gaza Strip residents passports issued in the West Bank on security grounds.

The nine member council discussed through video conference on Tuesday between members in the West Bank and their counterparts in Gaza the passport issue, stressing that denying citizens passports is an illegal practice and a violation of the most basic citizenship laws. They argued that identity is an inherent human right which involves a number of other rights, such as the right to learn, work, health, and freedom of travel.

After discussing a set of measures that were taken earlier, the council resolved that it will set up a meeting with the Ministry of Interior as a preliminary step before resorting to legal action.

In a separate development, the PA security militia continues its arrest campaign against Hamas supporters throughout the West Bank, as several Hamas supporters were arrested there, local sources said on Tuesday.

The PA forces arrested leading Hamas figure Omar Ali Jabrini out of the Balata refugee camp in Nablus less than a week after he was released from Israeli detention. Jabrini spent three years in jail during his last detention. He was arrested several other times by Israeli forces.

Ahmed Tayseer Abu Shamiya was also arrested in Deir Sharaf after his home was raided and searched and his personal computer confiscated.

PA Preventative Security units arrested ex-detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Salama Mur’i from the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan a few days after he was released from Israeli prison. He was summoned to appear before PA intelligence three days after his release, but Preventative Security forces snatched him two days before his second meeting with Salfit intelligence.

Fadi Ghunaimat, a student at Al-Khalil University who memorized the entire Quran, from the Al-Khalil town of Surif was arrested by security forces and is being held in solitary confinement for nearly a month.

Rights groups meet to discuss solution for denial of passports to Gaza citizens.

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