Promoting the Legal Protection of Anti-Corruption Whistleblowers in Ukraine
- Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
- Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University
- Volume 28, Number 2, Spring 2020
- pp. 229-245
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Legal protection is an essential tool for enabling whistleblowers in Ukraine to report on corruption crimes. Most people are still afraid to publicize abuses of the law at their workplaces or in educational institutions because they fear losing their jobs or destroying their careers. This article briefly analyzes international and domestic legislation on these issues, as well as the positions of the Council of Europe and the European Union. It also discusses the efforts of the civil society organizations that united to form the “Initiative 11” group, which works to draft better whistleblower-protection laws and rally support for these laws. The article concludes that there remains a great need for a comprehensive whistleblower-protection law in Ukraine to facilitate the discovery and prosecution of corruption crimes.