Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Gaza supreme court rejects PCHR case against Ministry of Interior

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is shocked by the Gaza Supreme Court's decision to reject PCHR's petition against the Ministry of Interior.

PCHR filed the petition to the Supreme Court on 12 May 2013, following the Ministry of Interior's decision on the same day to prevent Lawyer Iyad al-Alami, Director of PCHR Legal Unit, and Lawyer Mohammed Bseisso, from traveling to the West Bank through the Beit Hanoun crossing, because both lawyers refused to obtain prior permits from the Ministry, due to considering the procedure a violation of the law and constitution.

On 27 February 2013, the Ministry of Interior stated on its webpage that a decision was issued compelling people who wish to travel through Beit Hanoun crossing to refer in advance to the Ministry to obtain necessary approvals.

On Sunday, 08 September 2013, the Court rejected the petition and obligated PCHR to pay fees, expenses, and defense costs.

PCHR was surprised by the Court's decision to adjourn considering the petition to the session of 08 September 2012, although the Court had held 6 sessions to consider the petition since it was filed, and the petition is characterized by urgency according to the law. PCHR expressed concerns over that decision and considered it a form of unjustified procrastination. more


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