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Palestine

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the practice by the Palestinian Authority of demanding a “Husn al-Suluk” or certificate of good conduct from civil servants, teachers and other state employees; and whether this contravenes the terms on which aid is provided to the Palestinian Authority and contravenes international labour standards. [HL2180]

Husn al-Suluk is an expression meaning good conduct, and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories refers to a certificate providing proof that the holder does not have a criminal record. The requirement by the Palestinian Authority (PA) that all their employees have this certificate would not contravene the terms on which the UK provides aid to the Palestinian Authority. Nor do we believe that it contravenes international labour standards, but we plan to discuss this with the International Labour Organisation.