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Over 100 Palestinian NGOs call for political reconciliation

July 21, 2011 7:09 P.M. (Updated: July 22, 2011 9:12 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Over 100 Palestinian NGOs issued a call on Wednesday urging the implementation of political reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

The call "to bring success to the reconciliation agreement nationally and democratically" was signed by over 100 NGOs in Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

The signatories urged both parties to develop the agreement and form a government of technocrats and professionals without delay, noting that the longer the process dragged on the more negative the effect would be on the Palestinian people.

The statement called for the reactivation of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the reopening of non-governmental societies and unions, and an end to restrictions on press freedom, publishing and peaceful gatherings.

The signatories also called for the cancellation of laws which negatively impacted upon democratic and civil life, above all legislation which affected the independence and operational capacity of NGOs.

Amongst the signatories were:

Gaza Community Mental Health Program

Culture and Free Thought Association

Society of Palestinian farmers

Addameer - human rights association

Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem

Palestinian Medical Relief Society

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

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