PA ‘shuts down’ Palestinian rights group

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority has shut down the West Bank branch of a human rights organization, officials said Friday.

The Palestinian Human Rights Foundation, or Monitor, said the PA interior minister, Said Abu Ali, ordered the closure after claiming the group’s activities were not consistent with the interests of the Palestinian people.

The minister is basing the decision on a decree by the foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, the group said.

Monitor expressed regret over the move and said it would hold an urgent meeting to discuss the next steps.

The deputy minister of interior said he was unfamiliar with the decision. Other PA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

( / 13.04.2012)

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