Saturday : 20 / 7 / 2013

National Society for Democracy and law organized a study day at the end of July, 2013 under the title of “citizens’ right to access to justice between theory and practice,”  in the presence of number of key speakers from The Rule of Law  and Access to Justice Program who represented in Mr. Ibrahim Abu Shamala – Deputy Manager of the rule of law and access to justice program, Ibrahim Muammar – President of the Assembly, and Mr. RajiSourani – the director of the Palestinian Center for human rights and a member of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, and Mr.SalamaBsaisu – Vice-chairman of the Palestinians Bar Association and a crowd of lawyers, journalists, heads of non-governmental organizations an d partners. This meeting came in the framework of the project “Empowering vulnerable groups legally and enhancing their access to basic social services (EQUALITY), supported and funded by the United Nations Development Program UNDP / PAPP.

Mr. Ibrahim Muammar opened the meeting with a welcome word for the audience  where he noted in his speech that the legal clinic (9) seek to help vulnerable groups through its contribution to achieve fair judicial system an d promote the right to access to basic social according to the  Palestinian  law.

In his turn, Abu Shamala spoke about the role of the United Nations Development Program in supporting vulnerable groups and enhancing their access to basic services through several depth legal interventions by many partners of civil society organizations. In addition, he pointed in his speech to the law which is considered approach of rights, affiliation and duties for this nation, and stressed on that the scene needs to give the law it`s developmental dimension where the world today have a different look for it where law became dying with developmental dimensions.

He also pointed out  that it is the first time during the past years and in partnership with AWN  network of legal aid providers, data base program was designed w here we have a quantity approaches about the number of legal services`  beneficiaries  for our partners.

He also stressed in his speech to pay attention to the professional development for lawyers and improve their abilities, as well as the development of clinical law by creating an incubator environment to justice through justice institutions` oversight as well as supporting community advocacy campaigns. The situation needs to establish good governance to ensure good quality of services and guarantee dignity of citizens.

Bsaisu asserted that the partners in the network of legal aid providers “Own” contributed in providing many of the legal services by different legal services: raising legal awareness, providing legal consultations and legal an d judicial representation, in addition to, oversight on justice systems and  communication and intervention with decision-makers and service providers …, all this contributed to the access to justice for vulnerable groups in the most remote and marginalized areas in Gaza Strip.

Mr. R ajiSurani explained in his word that the presence of the Assembly in the  southern area of ​​ Gaza Strip, where there are many marginalized and re mote areas that legal services  reach to them, this make them take the  leadership in this regard.  He, also, stressed on the urgent need to support this work to ensure the continuity of these services to achieve justice and the rule of law.

In his speech, Mr. Dawoud El-Massri – program Analyst in the rule of law and access to justice program – confirmed that the legal clinics contributed to strengthening the legal knowledge to vulnerable groups within the framework of number of laws , in particular in Personal Status Law, Palestinian labor law and inheritances, where citizens became aware of  their rights and more bolder to claim their rights.

Mr. GhassanGishawi- a lawyer and one of OWN`s partners – asserted that the legal clinics influenced to change the negative prevailing culture among citizens where citizens became receiving free legal services.

Mohamed El Gama l – a journalist in al-ayam newspaper – pointed that  there is a difficult conditions and slow in litigation procedures  before the  courts for the absence of the oversight role of the Supreme  Judicial Council on the courts  as well since the tight of courts resulted in  the lack   of absorption for the daily numbers of citizens.