Palestine: Recruitment to the Palestinian Authority Executive force/Special force of the Palestinian general Intelligence; whether one who has joined voluntarily the organization is allowed to resign; whether there is a penalty for resigning this organization
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||17 October 2001|
|Citation / Document Symbol||PAL37618.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Palestine: Recruitment to the Palestinian Authority Executive force/Special force of the Palestinian general Intelligence; whether one who has joined voluntarily the organization is allowed to resign; whether there is a penalty for resigning this organization , 17 October 2001, PAL37618.E , available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3df4be9018.html [accessed 1 March 2015]|
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In 25 September 2001 correspondence, the executive director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) in East Jerusalem stated that:
The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) is aware of some cases, dating back approximately 3 years, were members of the mukhabarat (General Intelligence) were arrested because they had resigned from their position. It appears that applicants to the General Intelligence have to commit themselves for 3 to 5 years, and are not allowed to resign before the expiration of this time.
However, the PHRMG has never heard of any such case being brought in front of a court. Neither have we heard of any recent case.
The PHRMG describes itself as an:
independent non-governmental organization working to end human rights violations committed against Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem, regardless of who is responsible. The members of the Monitoring Group believe that the strength of democracy and civil society in Palestinian life will be determined by the Palestinian people through their defense or neglect of human rights (ibid.)
No further and/or corroborating information on whether members of the Executive/Special force of the Palestinian General Intelligence operating under the Palestinian Authority could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG), East Jerusalem. 25 september 2001. Correspondence from executive director.
Additional Sources Consulted
Jane's Intelligence Review. January 2001. Vol. 23, No. 1" David Eshel. "Arafat's Evolving Security Forces."
Internet sources including:
Luft, Gal. 14 June 1999. "The Palestinian Security Services: Between Police and Army."
Four oral sources could not provide the requested information within the research time limits.
Attempts to contact one oral source was unsuccessful.