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The Palestinian Basic Law

A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

PCHR Is Deeply Concerned Over Storming the Headquarters of Ramattan Press Agency by the PSS in Ramallah

On Wednesday March 13, Ramattan Press Agency in Ramallah was stormed by members of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service (PSS), and a journalist was arrrested. In a press release, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza “stresses that this assault constitutes a violation of the Amended Basic Law whose article 32 prescribes: ‘Each aggression committed against any personal freedom, against private life of human being, or against any of rights or freedom, which have been guaranteed by the law or by this basic law, shall be considered as a crime. Criminal and civil case resultant from such infringement shall not be subject to any status of limitation.'” Read the full press release here:

Similar concerns are voiced concerning the decision by the Ministry of Interior in the dismissed Palestinian government in Gaza to prevent two correspondents of Palestine Television in Gaza from reporting from the Gaza Strip. In a press release dated 5 March 2008, the PCHR stated that  “the rights to freedom of expression and to receive an impart information are essential rights ensured by the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights instruments, and a basic foundation of democratic practice.” Read the full press release here:

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Facts about the Basic Law

The Palestinian Basic Law is to function as a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved.

The Basic Law was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 and ratified by President Yasser Arafat in 2002. It has subsequently been amended twice; in 2003 the political system was changed to introduce a prime minister. In 2005 it was amended to conform to the new Election Law. The 2003 reform was comprehensive and affected the whole nature of the Palestinian political system, whereas the 2005 amendment was only minor and affected only a few paragraphs.

A parallel effort has been made to draft a permanent Palestinian constitution for an independent state, but this was shelved in favor of amending the existing Basic Law.

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This website presents a collection of various drafts and amendments related to the Basic Law and other constitutional texts that have been compiled from various other sources.

You can also expect to find links to news items and reports that are of relevance to Palestinian constitutional law, the electoral framework, political reform and the PA branches of government.

The website was created by the Norwegian journalists Erik Bolstad and Tonje M. Viken in February 2008. The site is a private initiative and has no affiliation to any organizations or authorities.

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