30/6/2008
NSDL Organized, this morning, within the project of a network of civil institutions to strengthen the rule of law and protection of human rights in cooperation with the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a workshop discussed human rights situation in southern governorates, with the participation of 35 civil institutions in Rafah and Khan Younis.

Ahmed Abu Assaker, the Executive Director of NSDL, that this meeting is to complement the efforts of the association in dissemination of human rights culture within the Palestinian community and educated citizens about their rights and duties. He added that human rights in Gaza governorates is now virtually non-existent due to the continuation of the comprehensive siege on Gaza Strip, which has touched all aspects of life.

The President of NSDL, Ibrahim Muammar asserts that human rights in southern provinces does not differ much from the rest of the Palestinian territories, where are all human rights are violated by the continued blockade of Gaza Strip, adding that Rafah is one of the most impoverished cities in Palestine, and that all Human Rights in Rafah is in violation of both the economic and social rights, cultural and political, in addition to widespread poverty and unemployment rate increasing in the province.

Salah Hassan, the representative of Rafah Youth Club, spoke about the importance of human rights institutions and civil society institutions to protect citizens rights, stressing that this phase is the phase of the institutions of civil society, calling for intensifying cooperation and coordination between the charities for the Unification of effort and work to serve citizens.

The participants asked human rights organizations around the world to intervene in order to support the Palestinian people’s rights which are violated by the continuation of the comprehensive siege on Gaza Strip and appeal to charitable institutions in the world to intensify the charitable support of the Palestinian people. The participants asked the Palestinian National Authority to pay the attention to the  workers, the domestic poor and disadvantaged to support their legitimate rights, which are set out in clear Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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