Palestinian Basic Law
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The Palestinian Basic Law

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

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«Honour charter» seeks revival of PLC

A committee consisting of members from Palestinian leftist parties along with Islamic Jihad and Hamas have met in Gaza to doscuss the issue of national dialogue. The five party group has ...   More...

HRW: Report highlights abuse on both sides

A new report by the New York based human rights group Human Rights Watch points to abuse by both Fatah and Hamas. The report titled "Internal Fight: Palestinian Abuses in Gaza ...   More...

Hamas PLC member asks de facto cabinet to stop “illegal actions”

The Palestinian Human Rights organization Al-Haq has released a report on arbitrary detention and torture in Palestinian prisons. According to the report, there has been a dramatic increase in the ...   More...

PCHR condemns mass arrests

The PCHR condemns mass arrests by Hamas supporters in the West Bank and Fatah supporters in Gaza respectively. In a press release Sunday, the PCHR expresses concern "that these arrests ...   More...

Siyam: Will not deal with Abbas as president after 9 January

Said Siyam, interior minister in the de facto government in Gaza, declares that the de facto government will not deal with president Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority when his ...   More...

PCHR criticizes Ministry of Interior for interfering with Women’s Arab Union elections

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. ...   More...

PLC member blasts extension of Abbas’ term

Faraj Al-Ghoul, Hamas member of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) argues that the extension of President Abbas' term is a violation of the Palestinian Basic Law. Al-Ghoul is head of ...   More...

PICCR «concerned about police state»

The Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights warns against the emergence of what it calls a «police system» in the Palestinian Authority. PICCR's 13th annual report record an increase in ...   More...

Nathan J. Brown calls for a revival of constitutional rule

In Carnegie Endowment's Policy Brief for May, "Sunset for the Two-State Solution?" constitutional expert Nathan J. Brown recommends that the United States backs the restoration of democratic rule in the ...   More...

Abbas heart surgery raises concerns over succession plan

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has underwent a heart procedure in Jordan. Although no problems were found, the debate over succession procedures in the PA was rekindeled. Under the Basic ...   More...



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.

About this site

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.

All external links are purely for information purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this site.

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