Legislation on whistleblowers

IDF experts are co-authors of the bill on amendments to the law “On Prevention of Corruption in Ukraine”. Where representatives of the NGOs and leading experts were developing and drafting the document.

The legislative changes were developed within the framework of the activities of the National Anti-Corruption Council and within the ideology proposed by the Office of the President of Ukraine (OPU).



Legislation on whistleblowers

Facts about the Legislation on Whistleblowers

The Law regulates the status of the whistleblower, as well as one's rights and guarantees. Also ensures state protection, as well as labor rights, legal assistance etc.

Witnesses helping to solve the crime case may receive at least 10% of the total sum if it exceeds 10 Million Hryvnias. Besides, the process affected various legislations, including the labor code, criminal code of Ukraine etc. Hence, the bill is extremely important for the current Ukrainian reality.

Legislation on whistleblowers

Initiation

Change to the Legislation on Whistleblowers was elaborated on August 19, 2019 in the Office of the President of Ukraine. As a part of the corruption fighting format. Where Ruslan Riaboshapka - OPU deputy chairman was leading the process. Furthermore, public organisations and international partners of Ukraine were present as well.

On August 29, 2019, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi registered in the Verkhovna Rada the Bill No. 1010 on amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Prevention of Corruption" concerning whistleblowers.

As a result, the bill was identified by the president as urgent.

Roman Zhovnir

Roman Zhovnir

co-author of the bill

"Whistleblower's rights arise from the moment of notification and include the right to free legal aid, reimbursement of attorneys' and legal fees, psychological assistance, guarantees on security for himself and close relatives, confidentiality and anonymity with responsibility for their violation and right to information about the results of consideration of his report and other rights."

Liudmyla Arakhamiia

Liudmyla Arakhamiia

co-author of the bill

"An analysis of the situation has shown that the American model of dealing with whistleblowers is the most acceptable in the Ukrainian realities. In contrast to the European model, where exposing corruption is a civic duty. A person who reports on a corruption offence should not only have protection, but also financial compensation for the time one spends on testification. Actively assisting law enforcement agencies during investigation of a corruption offense."

The bill is in line with international practice and takes into account the Ukrainian realities of protecting and motivating people who want to report a corruption offense.

The text of the bill on the website of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine