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At its 21st meeting, the OAS Anti-Corruption Mechanism (MESICIC) adopted a new model law to protect whistleblowers and witnesses of corruption. 

On March 21, representatives of the 31 states that make up the MESICIC approved by consensus the text of this instrument that emerged from a broad participatory process headed by the OAS Department of Legal Cooperation, as part of its commitment to make available to States efficient and effective tools to support them in the task of properly implementing the Inter-American Convention against Corruption on its legal and institutional regimes. 

The Model Law To Facilitate and Encourage the Reporting of Acts of Corruption and to Protect Whistleblowers and Witnesses, available here, provides a set of provisions for states to have systems of protection for public officials and private citizens that report acts of corruption, including the protection of their identities, as provided by the OAS Convention against corruption. 

This model law, along with another one approved by the MESICIC on declarations of assets, will be submitted to the General Assembly of the OAS in its next meeting in Antigua, Guatemala, in June 2013.

Edition N 125 - March 2013

What is the MESICIC?

The Mechanism For Follow-up on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, known as MESICIC for its Spanish acronym, is a tool to support the development of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption through cooperation between States Parties.

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