Over 100 Palestinian NGOs call for political reconciliation

Published yesterday (updated) 21/07/2011 19:11
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GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Over 100 Palestinian NGOs issued a call on Wednesday urging the implementation of political reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

The call “to bring success to the reconciliation agreement nationally and democratically” was signed by over 100 NGOs in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

The signatories urged both parties to develop the agreement and form a government of technocrats and professionals without delay, noting that the longer the process dragged on the more negative the effect would be on the Palestinian people.

The statement called for the reactivation of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the reopening of non-governmental societies and unions, and an end to restrictions on press freedom, publishing and peaceful gatherings.

The signatories also called for the cancellation of laws which negatively impacted upon democratic and civil life, above all legislation which affected the independence and operational capacity of NGOs.

Amongst the signatories were:

Gaza Community Mental Health Program
Culture and Free Thought Association
Society of Palestinian farmers
Addameer – human rights association
Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem
Palestinian Medical Relief Society
Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
Palestinian Center for Human Rights
DCI-Palestine

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