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PA security forces shut down youth conference in Ramallah

July 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

Palestinian police forces in West Bank [Najeh Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

Organisers of the knowledge and mobility youth conference have condemned the Palestinian Authority security forces decision to prevent them from holding the conference in the city of Ramallah for alleged “security reasons”.

The Coordinator of the youth bureau of Al-Sharq Forum, Alaa Abed, said in an interview with Quds Press yesterday that security services warned them that if the conference goes ahead they will raid the venue. Abed added that the preparatory committee has worked for five months to organise a conference that draws attention to Palestinian issues.

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The decision to ban the conference contradicts Article 11 of Palestinian Basic Law, says Abed, which guarantees citizens that their freedoms will not be restricted or violated so long as they don’t conflict with the law.

Abed said that the conference scheduled to take place in the Gaza Strip on Friday and Saturday will go ahead as planned in recognition of the efforts made by participating youth.