FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 3, 2021
Government Accountability Project Launches International Whistleblower Protection Laws Map
The map is released alongside a global study of whistleblower protection legislation, conducted by Government Accountability Project and the International Bar Association.
WASHINGTON — Government Accountability Project has launched a new resource that will allow users to find international whistleblower laws with the click of a mouse. The international whistleblower protection laws map will draw upon research conducted by Government Accountability Project and the International Bar Association for Are Whistleblowing Laws Working? A Global Study of Whistleblower Protection Litigation, which was also released this month.
In order to improve international whistleblower laws, we must first understand them. As more countries enact whistleblower protections, it’s still crucial to find gaps in the system. Government Accountability Project and IBA did just this, while conducting research in more than 20 different languages in the process. This information has been made further accessible through the creation of our map, which is color-coded for the level of law a country has enacted. Users can click on different countries to find out if they have whistleblower protection laws, and if so, can learn more about the particular laws through links to the text of the legislation.
Since the mid-1990s, Government Accountability Project has advocated for the creation, implementation, and monitoring of rights and best practices to support whistleblowers around the world. Our team has drafted whistleblower policies for international organizations, hosted hundreds of international delegations through the State Department, and participated in speaking tours promoting whistleblower rights in over two dozen countries.
Our International Program Deputy Director Samantha Feinstein commented:
“Our goal is to make information about whistleblower laws and developments accessible to everyone. We are pleased to launch this new online tool in furtherance of our international research. Today, 48 countries have national whistleblower laws, rising to 62 once all EU member states implement the EU Whistleblower Protection Directive by the end of the year. Other nations have more limited whistleblower laws focusing on particular sectors. While it is becoming more popular to enact whistleblowing laws, our research highlights both the positive trends and gaping holes in whistleblower rights on paper, as well as their ineffective implementation in reality.”
Contact: Andrew Harman, Government Accountability Project Communications Director
Government Accountability Project is the nation’s leading whistleblower protection organization. Through litigating whistleblower cases, publicizing concerns and developing legal reforms, Government Accountability Project’s mission is to protect the public interest by promoting government and corporate accountability. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.