2010 Activities

2010 Integrity Award Winners

2010 Integrity Award Winners

During a grand celebration commemorating the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, which falls on December 9 of every year, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) announced the winners of its "Integrity Award" for the year 2010 as well as its Good Governance Certificate for the private sector. The awards, granted to  a number of brave individuals who dare to speak  against corruption come from the various  sectors of the Palestinian society which include, public, private, media and best student research.

The celebration, which was held by AMAN in Ramallah and Gaza, enjoyed unparalleled participation on both the government and popular levels. The results were as follows: Al Quds Pharmaceutical Company was awarded the private sector Good Governance Certificate; Muhammad al-Hallaq and Sumud Dhamiri for the public sector; Khalid al-Faqih for media; Murad Draghma for best caricature drawing; and Ala’ Muhammad Ahid al-Asmar for best research.  Recognition/Appreciation awards were granted to Jalal Rummana for the best academic research and Ziyad Hamdan, a public employee, for his refusal to accept a bribe as he performed his duty what he called the ‘citizen’s right to the service’. .

Dr. hanan Ashrawi: The Israeli occupation is the principle source of political corruption in our society

During the celebration, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the attendees in Ramallah and Gaza, via video conference. She stressed the importance of honoring the heroes who took it upon themselves to come forward despite the potential price they may personally pay.

On another note, Ashrawi pointed out tha the occupation is the primary source of corruption in occupied Palestine through the implementation of particular policies that  interfere in all aspects of Palestinian life hence encouraging the negative phenomena of the spread of corruption.

On the other hand, Ashrawi stressed the importance, for us Palestinians, to continue to work towards the construction of a transparent and democratic political system.  She further pointed out that  this date is given more importance for Palestinians due to the fact that it falls on the commemoration of the outbreak of the first popular uprising (Intifada). Lastly, Ashrawi stressed the importance of joining efforts of Palestinian, individuals and institutions in the fight against corruption first and foremost encouraging whistle blowing since it reveals one’s affiliation to his country.  "Success in confronting corruption is tied to the growing awareness on the part of the citizen of his/her duty to inform on those involved in corruption wherever they happen to be."

Managing Director of Transparency International: Palestinians' accomplishments constitute a pioneering model

For his part, Cobus De Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International, stressed the importance of continuing to reinforce the efforts of government and non-government institutions and the public for the sake of defining a national plan to confront corruption.  He indicated that the experience of South Africa in winning its liberation and its efforts to confront the manifestations of corruption provide a concrete example of the challenges which face the world's peoples in this area, particularly the Palestinian people. He added that Palestinians over a period of many years have been a source of inspiration for those seeking to do away with corruption while seeking social justice.

Mr. De Swardt expressed great sadness over the state of the political division among Palestinians and called for unity in order for them to continue their struggle for social justice and more effectively fight corruption through a national plan with wide participation from all sectors .

[Picture caption: Rafiq al-Natshah: The Palestinians have the political will to face the phenomenon of corruption]

In a speech he delivered on the Arab network to reinforce integrity and transparency and fight corruption, Mr. Rafiq al-Natshah, head of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Palestine, affirmed the Palestinian people's political will to confront the phenomenon of corruption and to hold those involved in corruption accountable for their actions. Al-Natshah called for the broadest possible cooperation on the governmental, non-governmental, and grassroots levels.. Al-Natsha noted that President Mahmud Abbas wholeheartedly support the role of the Commission, a stand that is un- preceded in the Arab world.

Deputy of the Norwegian representative: We are impressed by AMAN's achievements

Mr. Stein Torgersbraten, Deputy of the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, delivered a speech on behalf of AMAN's international supporters in which he expressed his admiration for the achievements the coalition has made.  He  reaffirmed his readiness to continue supporting AMAN in its work to reinforce transparency and accountability; significant for institution-building of the Palestinian state. He also stressed the importance of reinforcing popular and media oversight of government institutions' performance.

Turger praised the efforts being exerted by the Palestinian government under the leadership of Dr. Salam Fayyad to increase transparency, accountability and its adherence to the standards of transparency, which in turn increases donors' confidence in the Palestinian Authority and its institutions. At the same time, such efforts strengthen the Palestinian populace’s confidence in the work of these institutions, particularly given the fact that corruption is a drain on countries’ resources hence represent a major obstacle to the achievement of sustainable development.

Dr. Azmi al-Shu'aybi stresses the importance of popular participation in promoting a culture that opposes corruption

Dr. Azmi al-Shu'aybi, Commissioner for Combating Corruption at AMAN, stressed the importance of promoting and expanding a culture that is opposed to corruption. He also called for greater popular participation in this direction, particularly as it pertains to public wealth. Azmi stressed that the AMAN coalition has achieved success toward creating a social culture with a concern to preserve and protect the use of public funds and to base its actions on the conviction that employees are public servants.

Members of the public prosecutor's office sign a code of ethics

During the celebration, members of the Public Prosecution signed a specifically prepared code of ethics hence voluntarily committing to adherence to a high moral standards and a life of integrity and respect for the law including implementation of the law, and guaranteeing and preserving the rights, freedoms, justice, and equality for members of society.

For his part, Public Prosecutor Ahmad al-Mughni noted the importance of cooperation between the Public Prosecutor's office and AMAN for the sake of promoting a culture in which all members of society without exception are under the rule of law, saying, "We are moving in this direction, and we have succeeded in achieving a number of important goals."

AMAN Coalition and the Municipality of Khan Younis sign a mutual memorandum of understanding

The celebration also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the AMAN coalition and the Khan Younis municipality which stipulates that the municipality will adopt a workers' code of ethics for those employed in local bodies. In the speech he delivered at the celebration, Mr. Muhammad Jawad al-Farra, mayor of Khan Younis, asserted that the signing of the memorandum and the joint efforts of the Khan Younis municipality and the AMAN coalition is an affirmation of the track being adopted by the municipality in its dealings with the public.

Mr. Al-Sharafi, Vice-President of the Board of Directors, went on to note that the AMAN coalition has great appreciation for the Khan Younis municipality's willingness to adopt a code of ethics and behavior that goes beyond the law

 

 

 

During a grand celebration commemorating the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day, which falls on December 9 of every year, the Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN) announced the winners of its "Integrity Award" for the year 2010 as well as its Good Governance Certificate for the private sector. The awards, granted to  a number of brave individuals who dare to speak  against corruption come from the various  sectors of the Palestinian society which include, public, private, media and best student research.

The celebration, which was held by AMAN in Ramallah and Gaza, enjoyed unparalleled participation on both the government and popular levels. The results were as follows: Al Quds Pharmaceutical Company was awarded the private sector Good Governance Certificate; Muhammad al-Hallaq and Sumud Dhamiri for the public sector; Khalid al-Faqih for media; Murad Draghma for best caricature drawing; and Ala’ Muhammad Ahid al-Asmar for best research.  Recognition/Appreciation awards were granted to Jalal Rummana for the best academic research and Ziyad Hamdan, a public employee, for his refusal to accept a bribe as he performed his duty what he called the ‘citizen’s right to the service’. .

Dr. hanan Ashrawi: The Israeli occupation is the principle source of political corruption in our society

During the celebration, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the attendees in Ramallah and Gaza, via video conference. She stressed the importance of honoring the heroes who took it upon themselves to come forward despite the potential price they may personally pay.

On another note, Ashrawi pointed out tha the occupation is the primary source of corruption in occupied Palestine through the implementation of particular policies that  interfere in all aspects of Palestinian life hence encouraging the negative phenomena of the spread of corruption.

On the other hand, Ashrawi stressed the importance, for us Palestinians, to continue to work towards the construction of a transparent and democratic political system.  She further pointed out that  this date is given more importance for Palestinians due to the fact that it falls on the commemoration of the outbreak of the first popular uprising (Intifada). Lastly, Ashrawi stressed the importance of joining efforts of Palestinian, individuals and institutions in the fight against corruption first and foremost encouraging whistle blowing since it reveals one’s affiliation to his country.  "Success in confronting corruption is tied to the growing awareness on the part of the citizen of his/her duty to inform on those involved in corruption wherever they happen to be."

Managing Director of Transparency International: Palestinians' accomplishments constitute a pioneering model

For his part, Cobus De Swardt, Managing Director of Transparency International, stressed the importance of continuing to reinforce the efforts of government and non-government institutions and the public for the sake of defining a national plan to confront corruption.  He indicated that the experience of South Africa in winning its liberation and its efforts to confront the manifestations of corruption provide a concrete example of the challenges which face the world's peoples in this area, particularly the Palestinian people. He added that Palestinians over a period of many years have been a source of inspiration for those seeking to do away with corruption while seeking social justice.

Mr. De Swardt expressed great sadness over the state of the political division among Palestinians and called for unity in order for them to continue their struggle for social justice and more effectively fight corruption through a national plan with wide participation from all sectors .

[Picture caption: Rafiq al-Natshah: The Palestinians have the political will to face the phenomenon of corruption]

In a speech he delivered on the Arab network to reinforce integrity and transparency and fight corruption, Mr. Rafiq al-Natshah, head of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Palestine, affirmed the Palestinian people's political will to confront the phenomenon of corruption and to hold those involved in corruption accountable for their actions. Al-Natshah called for the broadest possible cooperation on the governmental, non-governmental, and grassroots levels.. Al-Natsha noted that President Mahmud Abbas wholeheartedly support the role of the Commission, a stand that is un- preceded in the Arab world.

Deputy of the Norwegian representative: We are impressed by AMAN's achievements

Mr. Stein Torgersbraten, Deputy of the Norwegian Representative to the Palestinian Authority, delivered a speech on behalf of AMAN's international supporters in which he expressed his admiration for the achievements the coalition has made.  He  reaffirmed his readiness to continue supporting AMAN in its work to reinforce transparency and accountability; significant for institution-building of the Palestinian state. He also stressed the importance of reinforcing popular and media oversight of government institutions' performance.

Turger praised the efforts being exerted by the Palestinian government under the leadership of Dr. Salam Fayyad to increase transparency, accountability and its adherence to the standards of transparency, which in turn increases donors' confidence in the Palestinian Authority and its institutions. At the same time, such efforts strengthen the Palestinian populace’s confidence in the work of these institutions, particularly given the fact that corruption is a drain on countries’ resources hence represent a major obstacle to the achievement of sustainable development.

Dr. Azmi al-Shu'aybi stresses the importance of popular participation in promoting a culture that opposes corruption

Dr. Azmi al-Shu'aybi, Commissioner for Combating Corruption at AMAN, stressed the importance of promoting and expanding a culture that is opposed to corruption. He also called for greater popular participation in this direction, particularly as it pertains to public wealth. Azmi stressed that the AMAN coalition has achieved success toward creating a social culture with a concern to preserve and protect the use of public funds and to base its actions on the conviction that employees are public servants.

Members of the public prosecutor's office sign a code of ethics

During the celebration, members of the Public Prosecution signed a specifically prepared code of ethics hence voluntarily committing to adherence to a high moral standards and a life of integrity and respect for the law including implementation of the law, and guaranteeing and preserving the rights, freedoms, justice, and equality for members of society.

For his part, Public Prosecutor Ahmad al-Mughni noted the importance of cooperation between the Public Prosecutor's office and AMAN for the sake of promoting a culture in which all members of society without exception are under the rule of law, saying, "We are moving in this direction, and we have succeeded in achieving a number of important goals."

AMAN Coalition and the Municipality of Khan Younis sign a mutual memorandum of understanding

The celebration also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the AMAN coalition and the Khan Younis municipality which stipulates that the municipality will adopt a workers' code of ethics for those employed in local bodies. In the speech he delivered at the celebration, Mr. Muhammad Jawad al-Farra, mayor of Khan Younis, asserted that the signing of the memorandum and the joint efforts of the Khan Younis municipality and the AMAN coalition is an affirmation of the track being adopted by the municipality in its dealings with the public.

Mr. Al-Sharafi, Vice-President of the Board of Directors, went on to note that the AMAN coalition has great appreciation for the Khan Younis municipality's willingness to adopt a code of ethics and behavior that goes beyond the law

Honoring the heroes of integrity for the year 2010

Dr. al-Sharafi: Through the annual Celebration of Transparency, AMAN seeks to honor the heroes of integrity, and to acknowledge the efforts of local partners

Dr. Kamal al-Sharafi affirmed AMAN's willingness to provide ongoing assistance and support for all governmental and non-governmental institutions who desire to develop systems and procedures that serve to promote integrity, transparency and accountability.

The celebration was concluded by distributing the awards to winners in both the West Bank and the Gaza. AMAN affirmed its intention to continue its work and to expand the partnership among a variety of institutions with the goal of arriving at a stage in which Palestine is free of corruption.

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Mohamad Shaafiq al-Hallaq

Mr. Mohamad Shaafiq al-Hallaq, Director of public transportation, was awarded the integrity award for the private sector for his continuous initiatives since 2008 in preserving public funds as he managed to monitor and control the use of governmental vehicles. He managed to collect 25 million NIS in revenue within the years of 2006-2010 for the benefit of the Ministry of Finance. These revenues came through and selling them

Further, he managed to save 150,000 Nis on monthly basis after deducting the cost of transportation allowances allocated for users of governmental vehicles in addition to differentiating between governmental and private cars which contributed to raising the citizens’ awareness. He also contributed to the discovery of 400 to 500 private vehicles which were registered under the name of Palestinian Authority to evade customs. His different initiatives have had an impact on the decision of the Council of Ministers on 25/8/2010 to rationalize the use vehicles for government business only.

 

Integrity Award for The Public Sector

Somoud Adnan Aldamiri

Ms. Somoud Adnan Aldamiri was awarded for her role in the preparation of a special file on financial and administrative corruption committed by the Deputy Assistant of Public Affairs at the Ministry of Interior where she works. The Deputy Assistant embezzled $375,000 U.S. dollars from the account of the dissolved Law Society by fraud and forgery.

She reported the case to the Public Prosecutor and provided necessary documents and testimony of witnesses which resulted in the conviction of the accused, his wife and other affiliates, whom were sentenced for a term of seven years with hard labor and a fine of $375,000, the value of the amount embezzled.

 

The Integrity Award for Journalists

Khalid Mohammed Faqih

Mr. Khalid Mohammed Faqih was awarded for his article published on Ma’an Network (news agency) on the promotion of higher education that is not recognized. The panel noted that the article raised an important subject which points to one of the forms of corruption. The article revealed certain facts that urged the Palestinian Ministry of Education to issue a warning against certain universities.

 

Integrity (student) Award for Best Applied Research:

Alaa Mohammed Al Asmar

Alaa Mohammed Al Asmar, a graduate law student form Al Najah University, was granted the Integrity (student) Award for Best Applied Research for his research entitled "The Legal Framework Governing the Process of Management Accountability in the Palestinian Public Sector". The student was able to pursue his research in one of the reasons for the existence of corruption in the Palestinian society and to add what is new on the subject of management accountability and corruption (not clear, please rephrase!!).

 

Appreciation Certificate:

Ziad Hisham Hamdan

Policeman Ziad Hisham, of the General Administration of Crossings and Borders, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for refusing to accept a bribe from a citizen to facilitate his travel  abroad though Jordan despite the fact that it is common practice to facilitate travel for citizens with airline tickets.

The policeman refused to be bribed in exchange for his duties which stems from his conviction that it is his duty to serve the citizens. Mr. Ziad had contributed to sending out a message to every citizen that they are entitled to the right to service without any need to pay bribes.  AMAN thanks and appreciates his efforts and hope to be an example of integrity and transparency to all.