ICHR submits its 16th Annual Report on the Status of Human Rights in Palestine to the President of the PNA

Ramallah, West Bank - The President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, has received a delegation from the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), headed by its Commissioner General Dr. Mamdouh Aker, at the Presidential Headquarters in Ramallah. ICHR submitted its 16th Annual Report on the Status of Human Rights in Palestine for 2010 to the President and briefed him on the most important topics addressed in the report relevant to the status of human rights, especially issues related to the judiciary, the prosecution and security. The delegation also expressed the importance of following proper legal procedures during arrest and detention. Dr. Aker clarified that year 2010 saw a rise in security concerns by the security agencies in dealing with Palestinian citizens and expressed hope that the signing of the Reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas would reflect positively on the human rights situation in Palestine.

The President assured his commitment to the independence of the judiciary, the rule of law, and the provision of security to Palestinian citizens and expressed his support of the role played by ICHR in promoting and protecting human rights in Palestine.

Dr. Aker added that national reconciliation points towards a new direction which breaks with the experience of previous years to encourage the rule of law, rights and freedoms. He stressed the importance of the independence of the judiciary as an integral part of supporting the justice system and the rule of law in Palestine.