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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

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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