7/10/2008

NSDL in Rafah organized a workshop discussed the situation of NGOs in the southern provinces this morning, within the project of a network of civil institutions to strengthen the rule of law and protection for human rights in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany, with a participation of many representatives of civil society institutions in Rafah and Khan Younis.

Ahmed Abu Assaker, the Executive Director of NSDL, stressed that this meeting is a complement of the association efforts in promoting cooperation and communication and networking between civil associations and institutions in order to encourage the institutions of civil society to play its part in society service, particularly the defense of human rights and the adoption issues, problems and concerns of citizens. The discussion focused on the reality of the civil institutions that have been closed in Gaza Strip in recent time, the participants demanded the government in Gaza to reopen the civil institutions that have been closed and what has been confiscated from furniture and computers to those institutions to be able to do its part in the Palestinian society service. They also asked the Palestinian government in the West Bank to enable the institutions of civil society to play its part in community service without any restrictions that would limit its role.

Ibrahim Muammar, the President of NSDL asked for neutralizing the civil society institutions from the political conflict and lack of involvement in the midst of political conflict, and stressed on the importance of these institutions professional field work, impartial and free from the political party.

It should be noted that these meetings within the project were implemented by the network of civil society institutions to strengthen the rule of law and protection of human rights in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany.