Corruption is one of the main obstacles to achieve social equality, participation and justice. Defined as the “abuse of entrusted power for private gain”, corruption and social inequality are linked in a vicious cycle in which one reinforces the other. It entails the unequal distribution of power in society which, in turn, leads to unequal distribution of wealth and opportunities. At the same time, economic inequality contributes to create a fertile ground for corruption. The role of whistleblowing is fundamental to make corruption come to light, but those who decide to speak up need protection and support. In this context, Libera’s action aims at promoting whistleblowing, as it recognizes its role in the fight against corruption and the strengthening of democracy through transparency and civic monitoring. Libera stands to ensure the whole integrity of whistleblowers in the European Union and its member states.
Whistleblowers face serious social, political and legal hindrances that obstruct their public service, thus discouraging the disclosure of harmful activities and reinforcing the opacity of the status quo.
“A Change of Direction” is an international group of NGOs and research institutions that is promoting a new integrated framework for research, awareness-raising and public advocacy for protecting whistleblowers in Europe. This project stems from the conviction that stronger rights are essential to encourage public officials, employees and citizens to report corruption and misconduct within government and companies. The project reflects the European Union’s growing attention to fighting corruption toward strengthening European institutions.
Speech of Nardi Suxo, the Bolivian Minister of Transparency and Fight against Corruption at CONTROMAFIE 2014 (ITA)
Published on Nov 5, 2014