The Palestinian High Court issued a decision to compel the Palestinian Cabinet and Ministry of Interior to state reasons behind the halt to NGO registration.
The decision was issued by the Court Advisor, Yehia Abu Shahla, and two legal advisors, Saad Shehebar and Fawzi Abu Wazwa, following the appeal by Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity "Aman" to approve the registration of NGOs.
Earlier last year the Palestinian PM made a decision to stop receiving applications for registration of charities and NGOs.
Accordingly, on May 22nd 2006, Undersecretary for the Ministry of Interior and National Security issued decision No.
75 of the year 2006 to stop receiving new NGO registration applications, which necessitated such an appeal to the Palestinian High Court.
Further, both decisions by the PM and Undersecretary for the Ministry of Interior and National Security contradict the text and essence of the Law for NGOs and Charities.
Most notably they conflict with articles of the second section of the Law where Article No.
1 states "Palestinians have the right to practice social, cultural, professional and scientific activities freely, including their right to form and run NGOs in accordance with the law.
" Al Mezan Center for Human Rights commends the position of the Palestinian High Court in its aims to instill rights and public freedom in accordance with law and legislation; at the same time Al Mezan also calls for the annulment of the decision to halt NGO registration.