The Training and Mass Communication Unit of the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights has cancelled a Face the Public meeting to discuss the Authority of Governmental Lands’ decision to convert industrial and agricultural land in Rafah Governate into a residential area.
The meeting was scheduled to take place on July 18th, 2005.
Local residents, the Municipality of Rafah and the Central Committee of Construction and Planning of Cities, a division of the Ministry of the Local Government all opposed the plans.
Al Mezan’s Legal Aid Unit sent a number of letters to the Authority inquiring about the reasons behind the plans.
No response was received.
Representatives of the Municipality of Rafah, the Central Committee of Construction and Planning of Cities and the Authority of Governmental Lands were all invited to speak at the meeting.
The center received confirmation from Mr.
Zaid Zorob, Mayor of Rafah Municipality and Mr.
Husam Al Khozondar, head of the Central Committee of Construction and Planning of Cities regarding their intention to participate at the meeting.
The Authority of Governmental Land, declined the invitation, stating that it had decided to cancel plans to develop the area.
As a result, Al Mezan will not hold a meeting.
Despite this cancellation, the Center would like to express its gratitude to the aforementioned parties for their cooperation.