The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) expresses its deep concern over the approval of members of the Reform and Change bloc of the PLC in the Gaza Strip of a draft law regulating the work of ICHR in the first reading, during the first session of the 17th meeting of its extraordinary session, ignoring the quorum necessary for convention and its representation of the Gaza Strip without the West Bank.
As ICHR stresses the necessity of ending the division between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and its repercussions which inflict on the legal and political unity of Palestine, the status of the executive, legislative and judicial authorities as well as the status of human rights, such a conduct by members of the Reform and Change bloc comes to strengthen the division and institutionalize it.
It is worth mentioning that ICHR is the only national constitutional organization that has remained united in its work in the both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. ICHR has been working, since its creation, to protect human rights with credibility and impartiality, gaining national and international respect.
ICHR has been the sole legal and rights reference for both parties of the division, and so it stresses the necessity of keeping national organizations, including ICHR itself, out of range of the political polarization ensuing from the division, taking into consideration that ICHR is a national institution working in accordance with the Amended Basic Law of 2003 to protect and follow up the situation of human rights in Palestine.
In this context, ICHR stresses the necessity of ending the division and demands:
1. Cancelation of the decision approving the law regulating the work of ICHR by members of the Reform and Change Bloc of the PLC in the Gaza Strip because it lacks constitutional and legal powers.
2. The necessity of not encroaching on the work of ICHR as it is an independent national institution for human rights, basing its work on Article 31 of the Palestinian Amended Basic Law of 2003, with the mission of monitoring and protecting human rights in Palestine.
3. The necessity to end the shutting down of human rights organizations in general, and involving them in the internal political conflict, and working towards ending the division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which is destructive to the national cause, as well as the general human rights situation in Palestine.