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King_David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-12-11 10:50 PM
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EU politicians oppose PA upgrade due to rights violations
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"Ubiquitous child labor violations, repression of press freedom" are among abuses cited in objections to PNC's "partner of democracy" status

BERLIN A group of French and Italian lawmakers opposed the Council of Europes decision last week to upgrade the Palestinian National Council to the category of partners of democracy because of widespread Palestinian human rights violations and a fractured Palestinian government.

The recognition of the PNC means it gets observer status at the Council of Europe.

The objections, outlined in a two-page letter to the council, was sent in advance of the decision to make the PA the second non-European body to become a partner for democracy. Moroccos parliament was the first legislature to become affiliated with the council.

The European lawmakers, including Fiamma Nirenstein, vice president of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Italian Chamber of Deputies, wrote to the Council of Europe: We are worried that this well-intentioned upgrading could result in the opposite of what we expect and hope for the future of the Palestinian Authority. The PA is very dramatically divided, from the political point of view, basically into two factions, Fatah and Hamas. In May 2011 there was a controversial pact of reconciliation and now, notwithstanding several disagreements, Mr. Abu Mazen is trying very hard to renew it and make it effective.

The seven lawmakers continued, But Hamas is listed among the terrorist organizations in the European Union and in the USA; it bases its work on an anti-Semitic and anti-Western charter in which it promises to destroy Israel; it keeps the soldier Gilad Schalit as a prisoner in a secret refuge while nobody, not even the Red Cross, has ever been allowed to get direct information about him; it keeps its population under a heavy Sharia law.

In addition to Nirenstein, the letter was signed by Italian lawmakers Rossana Boldi, Marco Zacchera, Giacomo Stucchi and Giuseppe Saro. French legislators Rudy Salles and Roland Blum also signed the letter.
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