1. The Committee on Legal Affairs
and Human Rights congratulates the rapporteur of the Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy, Mr Jordi Xuclà, on his comprehensive report
and supports the proposed draft resolution.
2. The Palestinian National Council was granted partner for democracy
status on 4 October 2011 (see Resolution
1830 (2011)). At that time, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human
Rights supported the request of the Palestinian National Council
in this respect, concurring with the Political Affairs Committee’s conclusions. In January 2014, the Parliamentary
Assembly evaluated this partnership in its Resolution 1969 (2014); for which the committee contributed
an oral opinion.
3. Since 2014, co-operation between the Palestinian National
Council and the Assembly has further developed and the committee
welcomes the active participation of the Palestinian partner for
democracy delegation in the Assembly’s work.
4. While, alongside the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy,
it regrets that the agreements between the Palestinian authorities
and the Hamas have not been put into practice and that the negotiations between
the Government of Palestine and Israel have not progressed, the
committee also encourages the Palestinian Partner for Democracy
delegation to continue its efforts to implement democratic reforms
in the Palestinian territories.
5. As the abolition of the death penalty, in practice and in
law, has always been considered by the Assembly as a crucial commitment
not only by member and observer States but also by partners for
democracy, the committee wishes to propose one amendment to further
strengthen the draft resolution in this respect, as well as another