The human rights organization Al Haq calls on the Palestinian Ministries of Justice and of the Interior, and the Attorney General to end the use of military courts in trials of civilians.
On 28 August 2008, the Palestinian High Court of Justice affirmed that Military Attorney General and Military Judiciary have no jurisdiction over civilians. Only two days later, a civilian detained by the Palestinian Military Intelligence agency was brought before a military court in Salfit.
Al Haq states that this undermines those provisions of the Palestinian Basic Law protecting human rights and freedoms, especially of individuals deprived of their liberty.
Read: “Al-Haq: PA Military Courts might lead to ‘authoritarian regime’,” 3 September 2008, http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=31705
Read: Al Haq, “Al-Haq calls upon the President of the Palestinian National Authority and the Higher Judiciary Council to restore exclusive civil jurisdiction over civilians,” REF.: 28.2008E, 3 September 2008, http://www.alhaq.org/etemplate.php?id=390