"Give people the freedom and power to implement their own reforms
and democratic institutions."- Hanan Ashrawi
From 1991 to 1993 Ashrawi served as the official spokesperson for the
Palestinian Delegation for the Middle
East Peace Process in Madrid. During these negotiations and discussions
she maintained a strong and articulate argument, urging the understanding
of the life of Palestinians and their situation during the Israeli occupation.
This role was one of the most important for spreading her name and reputation
Following the signing of the Oslo Declaration
of Principles by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat she founded and was
a key member of the Preparatory Committee of the Palestinian Independent
Commission for Citizens' Rights until 1995. This organization ensured
that the legislative decisions and the effects of the decisions of the
PLO respected human rights.
Since 1996 she has been an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative
Council of Jerusalem. The Palestinian
Legislative Council (PLC) was founded in that same year according
to agreements made under the Oslo peace summit. The speaker of this
organization would take over in the event of Yasser
Arafat’s death. A central law-making body for Palestinian
regions, the Palestinian Legislative council has the power to govern
several domestic areas, but has no power over interaction with Israel
or security issues.
In 1988, during the first Intifada,
Ashrawi served on the Intifada Political Committee/ Palestinian Diplomatic
Committee. Hanan Ashrawi served as the Minister of Higher Education
and Research for the Palestinian
National Authority from 1996 to 1998.