Ramallah: the Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS” has obtained the status of member of NGO Group in the “Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network” (ACINET) based in Beirut. It is considered the first Arab regional mechanism that brings together governmental and non-governmental entities with the aim of consulting and cooperation against corruption, working with and supported by the regional project to “combat corruption and enhance integrity in the Arab countries” of the United Nations Development Program, which hosts its regional support unit, and also cooperates with other organizations, including the League of Arab States and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Arab Network seeks to develop the capabilities of its members, facilitate the sharing of information between them and their counterparts around the world, and provide a common ground for all parties concerned in order to explore ways to develop anti-corruption policies, through the specialized services provided by its E-portal, in addition to implementing a series of field activities such as conferences, workshops, training courses, and study tours.
The joining is important as it is the product of the expertise accumulated by the “SHAMS” Center since establishment, based on the belief that the dissemination and promotion of human rights and democracy are based on the interdependence between different rights, and their indivisibility. Also, the dissemination and generalization of the human rights and democracy culture represent a human right in itself, and that corruption is reflected negatively and clearly on human rights and on services provided to the individual by official authorities, whether civil society or security services and law enforcers. And that corruption represents a clear violation of human rights. besides, the specialization of the “SHAMS” Center and its work programs & interventions based on its vision and identity related to human rights in combating corruption in various sectors. It is worth mentioning that the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network includes in its membership 48 ministries and official bodies from 18 Arab countries, in addition to two observer members and a “non-governmental group” that includes 26 independent organizations from civil society, the private sector, and the academic field, as well as the Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”.