Yesterday, 28/06/2010, the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces and the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, convened a symposium on ways of strengthening the rule of law in the West Bank governorate of Nablus.
The symposium, which was held in the Palace Hotel, was attended by representatives of human rights organisations, politicians, jurists, deputies of the Legislative Council, officials of the security services in the West Bank and the media. Speakers included Roland Frederick, director of planning in the Palestinian territories, Colonel Mohammad Shehade, leader of Nablus and Major General Jibril al-Bakri, governor of Nablus and Dr. Maha al-Misri, the Under-Secretary for the Ministry of Finance among others.
The conference discussed a number of pertinent issues among which were the realities of the application of the law in the West Bank . This included observations related to breaches and evasion in the implementation of the law, its consequences and repercussions. Other notable discussions centered on aspects of repression and persecution by the security services such as political arrests, partisanship and closure of particular institutions, the subjective application of the law, a lack of professionalism among security service personnel, lack of internal co-ordination and co-ordination with the occupation. All of these were described as among the key factors causing a sense of insecurity to Palestinians.
MEMO Photographer: Ibtehal Mansour