The Partite Committee for the Follow up of the ICHR Annual Report Recommendations Holds its First Meeting

Ramallah - On 28 September 2016, the Partite Committee for the Follow up of Recommendations of the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) 21st Annual Report on the Status of Human Rights in Palestine held its first meeting at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) offices in Ramallah.

The meeting brought together Ali Abu Dayyak, Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Partite Committee for the Follow up of the ICHR Annual Report Recommendations; Dr. Ammar Dweik, ICHR Director General and Representative; Abdul Mun'em Daraghmeh, Representative and Director General of Legal Affairs Department at the President's Office; and Layla Awartani, Representative of the Prime Minister's Office. Staff members of the MoJ Human Rights Unit also participated in the meeting. Abu Dayyak asserted that the fact that the Prime Minister established the Tripartite Committee "articulates the government's interest in promoting human rights in Palestine and ensuring that they are not violated". According to Abu Dayyak, on 26 September 2016, a conference on citizens' complaints was organised. The Palestinian government has adopted a central online system to receive citizens' complaints from anywhere and at any time. Complaints will be handled using a modern processing programme. The system is informed by cooperation and coordination between the Directorate General of Complaints, complaints units at line ministries and government bodies, and security agencies. It is also coordinated with relevant legal institutions and civil society organisations.

Abu Dayyak emphasised the need for "integrated action and real partnership between Palestinian institutions in order to improve government performance and quality of public service delivery. Citizens are main partners in the institution building process."

According to Dr. Dweik, the Tripartite Committee is a precedent. It is a clear indication of the government's concern with citizens and promotion of a culture of human rights in Palestine. Dr. Dweik highlighted that "the existence of complaints units throughout ministries consolidates cooperation and partnership between the ICHR and government and facilitates ICHR task to follow up on complaints."

Dr. Dweik asserted that "the ICHR looks forward to maintaining ongoing communication with the MoJ and government in human rights issues." The ICHR Annual Report recommendations relate to public policies and regulations, which need to be aligned with international human rights standards and international conventions, to which the State of Palestine has acceded. Other recommendations pertain to individual and collective human rights issues. "The Tripartite Committee is an important framework, through which we look forward to achieving the best results." Dr. Dweik concluded.

Daraghmeh reiterated the significance of the Tripartite Committee to follow up on the ICHR Annual Report recommendations. Daraghmeh assured that the President's Office "is fully prepared to participate, develop guarantees and devise solutions to all citizens' rights issues."

Awartani stated that "the Prime Minister has taken seriously the ICHR Annual Report and decided to establish the Tripartite Committee in order to implement relevant recommendations."