On October 1, 2017, a press conference was conducted at PNGO’s office in Ramallah. The National Coordination Committee for Defending Freedoms includes political parties, representatives of Palestinian Civil Society Networks, Coalitions, Unions, and Local National Organisations, this committee was assembled due to the escalation of violations committed against Palestinian Civil Society in form of detaining Palestinian journalists, press spokesmen, Political Activists, Human Rights Activists including
Palestinian youth. The Cyber Criminal law has been used as a tool to violate Palestinian human rights and to suppress Palestinians practising freedom of expression. A petition demanding revoking the cyber criminal law was release; this resulted in obtaining 250 signatures by Palestinian NGOs, Political parties, Palestinian public figures, Palestinian coalitions, and Palestinian NGO networks.
The National Coordination Committee for Defending Freedoms announced the following:
1- Joint efforts between Palestinian Civil Society and the Government to modify the cyber criminal law reached a dead end, especially when Palestinian Authority continues to use the law to detain journalists and Activists when practising freedom of expression.
2- The National Coordination Committee reinstated its position and promised to increase its efforts by launching a social media campaign to repeal this law; also an announcement was made that a demonstration will be conducted in front of the Prime Minister’s Office in Ramallah on Tuesday the 10th of October, 2017 to demand the cyber law to be revoked.
3- Finally, while continuous efforts to end the division and call for reconciliation remains a priority, more work needs to be done to ensure that violations against Palestinian Human Rights are stopped and Palestinian Civil Liberties are protected. In order to protect Palestinian freedoms, the cyber criminal law should be revoked.
The National Coordination Committee for Defending Freedoms