The publication, along with the mechanism used to discuss, approve and publish the Cybercrimes Decree Law, was received with opposition from Palestinian civil society organisations. The whole process was carried out in complete secrecy. Despite demands from civil society organisations to be involved in the discussion, concerned stakeholders including, inter alia, civil society organisations, national institutions, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, Palestinian Bar Association, and internet service providers, did not review the Law or participate in relevant discussions. With the continued absence of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), the authorised legislative body according to the Constitution, these demands still went unanswered. This approach is entirely inconsistent with the government-declared policy articulated in the National Policy Agenda 2017-22: Putting Citizens First. According to this document, the government stresses its commitment to full partnership with, and openness to, civil society.
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