On 13 July Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza received a complaint from a candidate in the elections for the Administrative Board of the Arab Women’s Union Association. According to the candidate, the Ministry of Interior had banned her and four other candidates from their right to nomination; despite the fact they had fulfilled the necessary requirements for nomination.
In a press release, the PCHR strongly condemns the interference by the Palestinian Ministry of Interior and security forces in the upcoming elections of the Arab Women’s Union Association in Nablus.
PCHR emphasises that the right of Palestinians to form associations is guaranteed by the Basic Law and international human rights standards.
The interference of the security forces in the affairs of civil society organizations is furthermore a violation of the Benevolent Associations and Civil Society Organizations Law No. 1 for the Year 2000 and its Executive Bill.
Read thefull press release: Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, “PCHR Condemns Interference of the Ministry of Interior and Security Forces in Election Affairs of the Women’s Arab Union in Nablus,” press release, Ref: 61/2008,