The Independent Commission for Human Rights Welcomes the President’s Decision to Cancel the Law by Decree of the Amendment of Code of Cri

The Independent  Commission for Human Rights welcomed the president’s decision, Mahmoud Abbas, and the efforts of the prime minister, to cancel  the law by decree  of the amendment  the Code of Criminal Procedure and  its amendments (No.3/2001), which gave the Attorney General wide powers related to the prevention of citizens from travel and the inclusion of their names on the lists of arrivals without a judicial decision issued by the competent court.

The Commission along with a number of human rights organizations have addressed the President and the Prime Minister to the necessity of suspending the publication of this law by decree in the Official Gazette and canceling it completely due to its violation of the amended Basic Law provisions  and international human rights conventions to which the State of Palestine has acceded. The law also imposes severe and unjustified restrictions on the citizens' right to movement.

The ICHR appreciates this wise decision that complies with the Amended Basic Law and the obligations of the State of Palestine towards human rights conventions. In this regards, the Commission calls upon the competent authorities not to expand the submission  and issuance of draft laws by decree, especially with the absence of the Legislative Council, without being presented for public debate.