Third Statement

February 10th, 2011 by Editor

The Egyptian Committee for Fact Finding and Countering Corruption (ECFFCC)

ECFFCC calls on all Egyptians who may have any documents or information detailing corruption incidents at any level to quickly present them to the headquarters of ECFFCC as decided in ECFCC’s third meeting on Thursday, 10/2/2011 in the headquarters of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR).

ECFFCC has decided to categorize the corruption cases it will deal with in the categories which include, but not limited too, corruption of privatization, corruption of banks, corruption of the selling of state owned land, corruption of local administrations, corruption of education and the corruption of public political figures. 

ECFFCC has set certain action methods as follows:

1- Collecting and activating all the reports issued by regulatory entities (the Administrative Control Authority, Central Auditing Organization and the Illegitimate Profiteering Authority) in addition to the judicial rulings concerning that.

2- Joining the efforts of the human rights related and non related committees which are concerned with corruption issues.

3- contacting international organizations and human rights organizations concerned with the issues of transparency, integrity and countering terrorism to coordinate with them and get all the information and documents they have concerning Egypt in addition to studying the possibility of referring the matter to international tribunals.

ECFCC has stressed on the right of the civil society organization to counter terrorism according to United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) ratified by the Egyptian government in 2005 in addition to the government’s ratification of many international conventions concerning combating corruption such as the African Union Convention to Stop and Combat Corruption of 2003, and the United Nation Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime ratified in 2003. These conventions have ensured the right of the civil society and the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the right of individuals and local organizations to actively participate in combating terrorism and exposing it. The first clause of Article 13 of the UNCAC states that: “Each State Party shall take appropriate measures, within its means and in accordance with fundamental principles of its domestic law, to promote the active participation of individuals and groups outside the public sector, such as civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations, in the prevention of and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption”.

All the terms of UNCAC encourage the participation of governmental and nongovernmental organizations and individuals to work in the field of combating corruption. Article 5 of the UNCAC states that: ” Each State Party shall, in accordance with the fundamental principles of its legal system, develop and implement or maintain effective, coordinated anti-corruption policies that promote the participation of society and reflect the principles of the rule of law, proper management of public affairs and public property, integrity, transparency and accountability”.

Also clause number 2 of Article 3 of the same agreement  states that: “2. For the purposes of implementing this Convention, it shall not be necessary,  except as otherwise stated herein, for the offences set forth in it to result in damage or harm to state property.”

The Egyptian constitution has guaranteed the protection of public property and prohibited attacking it. Instead, it has encouraged supporting public property and protecting them considering such act a national duty for all citizens. As such, Article 33 of the Egyptian constitution stated that: “Public property has sanctity and protecting and supporting it is a duty that falls upon all citizens according to law. ”

Legislators have elevated the value of protecting money through the laws established which encourage the protection of public funds and punishing manipulators. At the beginning, a special law was drafted to protect public funds which stated in its first articles that: “Public funds have sanctity, and protecting and supporting it is a duty for all citizens.” Also, the new penal law has stated in many of its articles to details certain punishments not only to incriminate of public funds embezzlement or taking control of it, but also to incriminate the mere simple negligence which may cause such a crime.” 

In that regard, ECFFCC is calling on all citizens and different committees to not rush in referring legally  unstudied and unfounded reports which are not supported by documents so that the features of corruption cases not be lost. We find that there is an unlimited number of reports which don’t enjoy the minimum requirements of seriousness to be investigates which will drive the corrupt and their followers to blur and hide their crimes. In addition to that, this recklessness could damage the reputation of some honorable people who aren’t related to corruption by any means. Such an act may place those honorable people under the mercy of corrupt hateful persons. 

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