United Nations agencies and the Association of International Development Agencies support civil society organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory – Occupied Palestinian Territory
The November 7 decision by the military commander in the West Bank to declare by military orders the six Palestinian NGOs unauthorized in the West Bank heightens the concern of United Nations agencies and the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA), working in the territory. occupied Palestinian. Territory (OPT). The decision is a further erosion of civic and humanitarian space and threatens to severely restrict the work of the six organizations that have worked with the international community, including the UN, for decades, providing essential services to countless Palestinians.
âThese allegations are taken very seriously. To date, none of the UN agencies or AIDA organizations have received any written material that could serve as a basis for the allegations, âsaid Lynn Hastings, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the OPT. She added that “we will continue to engage with all relevant partners for more information.”
Anti-terrorism legislation must comply with obligations under international humanitarian law and international human rights law, which include full respect for the rights to freedom of association and expression. It cannot be applied to legitimate human rights and humanitarian work; The extent of Israel’s 2016 counterterrorism legislation and its impact on the presumption of innocence pose serious challenges under international law.
With our firm commitment to the indispensable role of civil society in democratic life and in the search for peaceful solutions to conflicts, many of us work with and some financially support these organizations. Past allegations of misuse of our funds by partners of Palestinian civil society organizations have not been substantiated. We will continue to defend international law and civil society organizations that promote international humanitarian law, human rights and democratic values.