a
Search

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2019 .
All Rights Reserved.
عربي
Search
Generic filters
Filter by Categories
Access Restricted Areas
Activities - Bertha Justice Fellowship
Advertisement
Annual Report
Assassination Reports
Closure on the Gaza Strip
Closure Update
Death Penalty
Election Reports
Fellows - Bertha Justice Fellowship
Fishermen
Freedom Of Association
Freedom of Expression / Peaceful Assemly
Freedom of Movement
Home Demolition / Distruction of Property
ICC / Universal Jurisdiction
IN FOCUS
Security Chaos
Field Updates
Israeli Settlements
Legislative Council
Main
NEWS
Other Information
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Closure Update
External Publications
Fact Sheets
Human Rights Council (HRC)
Interventions
Local Council Elections 2016
Narrtives
PALESTINE TO THE ICC
Position Papers
Special Procedures
Submissions to the UN
Treaty Bodies
Video
Palestine to the ICC
Advocacy Activities
External publications
Publications
Statements
Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC)
PRESS RELEASES
Prisoners
REPORTS
Special Reports & Studies
Weekly Reports
Right to Health
Security Chaos
Field Updates
Special Reports & Studies
The War on the Gaza Strip
Torture in Palestinian Prisons
UN Interventions
Uncategorized
Weekly Reports
Women Rights
Menu

PCHR Calls for Returning Palestinian Authority’s Employees to Rafah Crossing

 

PCHR Calls for Returning Palestinian Authority’s Employees to Rafah Crossing

 

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses concern over the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) decision to pull its employees from Rafah Crossing, threatening the interests of the Gaza Strip population and violates their right to freedom of movement, which is legally guaranteed. PCHR is also concerned that this procedure is part of the sanctions imposed by the PA on the Gaza Strip since March 2017 and an introduction to disclaiming their responsibility and legal obligations towards the Gaza Strip’s civilians.

The Palestinian General Authority for Civil Affairs (GACA) has announced pulling all its employees working in Rafah Crossing starting from Monday morning, 07 January 2019. The GACA said in a statement: “The decision of pulling out employees from the Rafah crossing was taken in light of Hamas insistence to deepen the division, summonses, arrests, abuses against the employees, and obstruct their work.

 

Following the decision, the Egyptian authorities announced the opening of the Rafah crossing on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 for individuals only to return to the Gaza Strip.

It should be noted that the PA decision came in light of the tension and media interchange between Fatah and Hamas Movement on grounds of banning the commemoration of the 54th anniversary of the founding of Fatah Movement, which was scheduled to be organized in the Gaza Strip on Monday, 07 January 2019. The PA decision was also taken after the Internal Security Service in the Gaza Strip launched a campaign of summonses and arrests against dozens of leaders and activists of the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip.

 

PCHR is concerned over the serious repercussions that the Palestinian Authority’s decision will have on the Gaza Strip people, especially on patients whose treatment is not available in the Gaza Strip, university students outside the Gaza Strip, holders of residencies in countries abroad, and others, PCHR calls upon:

  • The PA to refrain from the decision of pulling out employees from Rafah Crossing and quickly returning them as soon as possible to ensure that the suffering of the residents of the Gaza Strip is alleviated, considering that the Rafah crossing is the only outlet for the residents of the Gaza Strip.
  • The PA and Hamas Movement to keep the Gaza Strip’s residents away from the internal political bickering and conflict; and
  • The Egyptian Authorities to put pressure on the two parties to division to ensure the re-opening of Rafah Crossing and access to an appropriate mechanism to ensure normal opening of the crossing before the movement of Palestinian civilians from and into the Gaza Strip.