Mr. Prime Minister, Dr. Rami Al Hamdallah,
Subject: "System Proposal for the Gifts Presented to Public Officials"
MUSAWA – The Palestinian Center for the Independence of the judiciary and the Legal Profession extends their warmest greeting to your Excellency.
On 11/7/2018, the center sent the Anti-Corruption commission a memo in which it demanded legal action to be taken regarding depositing the gifts of public officials in the public treasury, proceeding from our vision that public officials must not accept any gifts what so ever, as it falls under the corruption umbrella, noting that such gifts would not be presented for public officials if they did not have their current career status. In addition, MUSAWA demanded in its memo, to take the legal action about depositing these gifts in public treasury, if there is no way to avoid accepting them for any political or diplomatic considerations, and reaffirmed the importance of implementing a system that deals with such gifts, in a retroactive manner.
On 12/8/2018, MUSAWA sent a reminder note to the Anti- Corruption Commission on the same subject, in which the center reiterated the importance of taking the necessary legal action in this regard, and cautioned against the absence of legislation that governs these gifts.
As a result of MUSAWA’s interventions, on 15/9/2018 the Anti- Corruption Commission in cooperation with the ministry of transportation, announced a proposal sent to your Excellency on the gifts presented to public officials. The Anti- Corruption Commission stated that this proposal is in response for “The absence of the clear legislative provision on the way public officials should deal with gifts presented to them that can put them in suspicions positions, and the way of providing security for public officials by familiarizing them with the procedures to be followed in such cases, in addition to the importance of establishing the civil service code of conduct and promoting respect for it, and for principle of integrity and transparency, and warning public officials from corruption and the seriousness of committing the offence of bribery, in addition to strengthening the national and international bodies’ trust in public officials through refusing gifts or reporting them in case they could not refuse them”. The proposal included issuing instructions by the Ministry of Finance, followed by issuing a resolution by the ministers’ council on considering those instructions to be disseminated and applied in all public departments.
MUSAWA sends this memo to your Excellency, reiterating the Anti-Corruption Commission’s proposal, and calling your Excellency to take the necessary legal action in its regard, and to ensure the issuing of the instructions and the systems that provide legislative remedy for depositing the public officials’ gifts in the public treasury, and the ways of dealing with them, and addressing them in the general budget duly.
With All Due Respect,
Issued on 5/11/2018
legal Monitoring Officer
- Our memos to the Anti- Corruption Commission.
- The announcement of the Anti- Corruption Commission.