EUPOL COPPS hosts roundtable with Palestinian civil society organisations

This week, EUPOL COPPS hosted a number of prominent Palestinian civil society organisations for a roundtable discussion on the Palestinian Criminal Justice Chain.

The participating organisations provided the Mission’s management and advisers with a detailed overview of the current context in the justice and security sectors covering topics such as accountability, legislation, arrest and detention, the independence of the judiciary and corruption.

Advocate Ibrahim Barghouti from the ‘Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession’ quoted ex-Prime Minister Al Fayyad, pointing out that the justice and security sectors must be viewed as two sides of the same coin. All participants agreed that there can be no functioning Palestinian state which inspires public trust without the separation of powers and rule of law.

The Head of Mission, Kauko Aaltomaa opened the roundtable by emphasising the importance the Mission attaches to cooperating closely with civil society. Deputy Head of Mission, Dr. Katja Dominik echoed these sentiments in her closing remarks when she thanked the organisations present for their collaboration with the Mission and steadfast commitment to improving the lives of the Palestinian people.

The participating NGOs included the independent Palestinian non-governmental human rights organisation Al Haq, The Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (SHAMS), the Center for Defense of Liberties & Civil Rights (Hurryyat), The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (MUSAWA) and AMAN (The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity).