The law on corruption whistleblowers is perhaps the biggest achievement of Ukrainian anti-corruption reform in recent years. However, it is necessary to provide full informational and procedural support of the law.
This was stated by the President of the Institute of Applied Humanitarian Research Mykhailo Buromensky during the Roundtable Discussion “Major issues and challenges in the implementation of Amendments to the Law of Ukraine ‘On Corruption Prevention’ Concerning Corruption Whistleblowers” organized by Innovation and Development Foundation within the framework of the EU-funded project WikiInvestigation.
“When we were drafting and writing the law on corruption whistleblowers, the basic idea was that people would be ready to join the process of fighting corruption. However, we do not know the number of people who will actually do it. It is necessary to launch an information campaign on the law, mechanisms of protection and motivation, rights and guarantees of corruption whistleblowers in order to make it a well-established practice”
“ Of course there was a desire to develop a wider law on all whistleblowers, but it was decided to narrow it to the corruption whistleblowers to understand how it works in Ukrainian realities"
Roundtable participants also discussed the provision of channels of communication for the corruption whistleblowers, protection of personal data and free legal aid.
The Roundtable was attended by representatives of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Institute of Applied Humanitarian Research, the Bargen Law Firm, the European Union Advisory Mission, Anti-Corruption Research and Education Center, Coordinating Center for Legal Aid and corruption whistleblower Elgudzha Diasamidze.
Innovation and Development Foundation experts are the co-authors of the law on the corruption whistleblowers.