|PCHR Receives Head of the Netherlands Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority|
|Written by PCHR|
|Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:00|
On Monday noon, 13 August 2012, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) received Head of the Netherlands Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority, Ms. Birgitta Tazelaar, in its head offices in Gaza City.
Tazelaar met with Mr. Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, who briefed her on the deteriorating human rights situation in the Gaza Strip. He particularly addressed the close imposed by Israel on the Gaza Strip, highlighting its various impacts, especially depriving Palestinian civilians of many of their economic and social rights that are ensured under international laws and standards. Mr. Souarni indicated that the closure is being institutionalized as this form of collective punishment has been acceptable at the international level although it is illegal.
At another level, the meeting discussed the recent developments in Sinai in Egypt and their impact on the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip, reflected in the Egyptian decision to close Rafah International Crossing Point, the sole outlet for the Gaza Strip to the outside world.
Mr. Sourani talked also about the Palestinian political split and the prospects for achieving the national reconciliation. He highlighted major developments in this regard.
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