National conference on "Security and Law in Palestine"
On 30 November 2010, the Institute of Law (IoL) at BZU held a national conference on "Security and Law in Palestine", attended by representatives of various public and private institutions. Dr. Munir Qazzaz, Vice President of Birzeit University for Community Affairs, H.E. Dr. Said Abu Ali, Minister of the Interior, and Dr. Laila Ghannam, Governor of Ramallah and Al Bireh, participated in the opening session. The 1st session was moderated by Dr. Ghassan Faramand, Director of the IoL.
Dr. Qazzaz stated that security is no longer limited to the security forces and institution, but became a partnership responsibility of all national institutions, The issue of security is a vital priority issue, as it relates to the principles of development, which is what you need in Palestine in order to get rid of the occupation and build the Palestinian society. He stressed that this conference will open a channel for dialogue between the security institutions and civil society organizations.
In his speech, Dr Abu Ali emphasized the importance of this conference, stressing that it comes as a continuation of initiatives, aiming to develop the legal system of the security forces. He noted that the Ministry will not spare any efforts to support such national initiatives, saying: "The themes of the conference and its outputs are consistent with what we aim for and seek to achieve."
Dr. Ghannam addressed the essential role of the Governorate in providing security and spreading the rule of law, seeking to protect civil peace and promote the values of citizenship and the defense of citizens' rights that are guaranteed by law. She stressed that promoting security and the rule of law are only realized through the integration of the roles of the three authorities, without neglecting the role of civil society institutions in this regard, through the practicing of its supervisory role on the security bodies.
At the conclusion of the conference, there was emphasis on the importance of following-up on the findings and recommendations by the participants, which will be prepared in the Conference report to be submitted to the concerned parties. . In fact, this conference is part of the "Strengthening Good Governance in the Palestinian Security Sector Program," implemented by the Institute of Law, since the summer of 2008, and funded by the Foundation for the Future.