On 29 April 2013, the EU-PA sub-committee on human rights, good governance and the rule of law (sub-committee) is convening in Ramallah, the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). This meeting is an opportunity to address the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) implementation of the existing EU-PA Action Plan and its human rights record since April 2012. With respect to this meeting, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) present this submission to the European Union (EU), outlining their concerns relating to the PA’s compliance with human rights, the rule of law and democracy during the past year.
The human rights situation in the OPT is the result of two principal factors: the on-going Israeli occupation and the physical and political divide between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. While the undersigned organisations recognise that the PA’s control over the occupied West Bank is limited, the PA is nonetheless responsible for complying with its obligations under international customary law in all parts where it exercises full authority.