International experts on the protection of
whistleblowers and witnesses
of acts of corruption meet in Lima, Peru,
to discuss the draft Model Law on this subject
On April 6 and 7, 2011, a group of Experts in the protection of
whistleblowers and witnesses of acts of corruption from several OAS
member states, met in Lima, Peru, under the coordination of the
Department of Legal Cooperation of the OAS Secretariat for Legal
Affairs, to discuss a “Model Law” on this issue, drafted in the
framework of a cooperation agreement that is being carried out by that
Department with resources from the Government of Spain.
A participatory methodology has been adopted for the preparation of this
“Model Law”, which allows advantage to be taken of the opinions of
experts in the field that are interested in the countries of the
hemisphere having a new cooperation tool, which will serve as a guide
for providing effective protection to good faith whistleblowers and/or
witnesses of acts of corruption.
As a result of workshop, at which the varying regulations and
experiences of the participating countries were taken into account, in
this first phase of discussion of the draft “Model Law”, valuable
contributions were obtained to enrich its content. These contributions
include measures to facilitate and provide incentives for the reporting
of acts of corruption, as well as important provisions related to
international cooperation for the efficient protections of
whistleblowers of acts of corruption or those who are witnesses with
respect to their investigation and prosecution, and for the creation and
operation of governmental programs for this purpose.
The new version of the draft “Model Law” will reflect the contributions
made in this workshop, which had the very active participation of
experts from Canada, Chile, the United States, Mexico and Peru (which
provided special collaboration for its celebration), will be widely
disseminated so that those with knowledge of this issue as well as those
with interest in the matter in all of the countries of our hemisphere,
may provide opinions on its content and contribute to its improvement.
Edition N° 50 - April 2011
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.