Palestinian NGOs Network (PNGO) along with several Palestinian human right organization in Gaza and the Independent Commission for Human Rights, rejected the new procedures and restrictions, especially obtaining a prior permit for holding activities in closed halls. These restrictions imposed recently by the Gaza-based Ministry of Interior on the work of NGOs and considered to be violation of law.
In a meeting attended by representatives of all the above mentioned institutions, the representatives discussed the newly-enforced restrictive measures, which they considered as a violation of the basic law, especially clause no.5 of article no. 26.
They all agreed that a dialogue should be kicked off soon with all concerned parties in Gaza, including all administrative and political levels, in order to make sure that all new measures should be reversed and that the law is respected.
Participants also came to the conclusion that the measures, in question, have been steadily and alarmingly increasing, leaving serious consequences on the work of civil society organizations, which are considered to be a key component of Palestinian civil society in an attempt to contain them and impose restrictions on the right to freedom of associations and its independence.
During the meeting, they called on all civil society organizations to make sure that relevant laws are applied in a way that guarantees the organizations' freedom of action.
Noteworthy, the Gaza-based Ministry of Interior has recently imposed on civil society organizations getting a prior permit before organizing any activity in closed spaces, as well as requiring the organization to sign commitment whose the form and its contents are contrary to law.