For action against corruption to be successful, the involvement of the community and non-governmental actors is crucial. Debates in parliaments over legal protection for whistleblowers are growing across Asia and Europe. Persecution of whistleblowers has become a serious issue, particularly in countries undergoing political transition in Asia and Europe. This was discussed during the Asia-Europe Democratisation and Justice’s workshop on “Protecting the Whistleblowers.”
The workshop was held in conjunction with the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference, which brought together over 1,000 participants from more than 120 countries. Participants engaged in frank debates over 4 days to find effective solutions for tackling corruption and limit its pervasive impact on peoples’ lives, particularly on the most vulnerable to ensure a sustainable future.
The workshop presented various perspectives from Asian and European civil society as well as government representatives, and participants shared their experiences of the difficulties in implementing legal frameworks of protection and debated the existing obstacles that needed to be overcome.