Vienna, Austria, 16-17 June 2016. Nearly one third of fraud cases are reported thanks to whistle-blowers. However, in most countries around the world, blowing the whistle on corruption still entails high personal risks due to the lack of adequate legal protection against reprisal and abuse. These risks deter individuals from both the public and private sectors to speak up against corrupt practices, and contribute to the fact that the vast majority of cases are not being reported.
From the 33 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) that have ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption, 24 have already finalized their review. Of those 24, 20 have received a recommendation to consider strengthening the protection of reporting persons and 13 have requested technical assistance.
In response, UNODC, with financial support from Australia, convened a 2-day training workshop for anti-corruption practitioners and experts from various agencies to discuss good practices, experiences and challenges with a particular focus on the situation in SIDS.
Participants discussing a case study in a group works session
The workshop entailed presentations by Derek Futaiasi from the Office of the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands on the country’s Whistleblower Protection Bill and by Dirk Harrison, the Contractor General of Jamaica together with Jermaine Case of the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Jamaica on the Jamaican Protected Disclosure Act and its state of implementation. The participants had the opportunity to learn from each other, work on case examples and to exchange with whistleblowing specialists from Transparency International Ireland and UNODC.