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Verdier Craves Legislations To Protect Whistleblower
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 Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Chair, James N. Verdier 


Verdier Craves Legislations To Protect Whistleblower 
By Decontee M. Wesseh

MONROVIA, September 20 (LINA) - Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) Chair, James N. Verdier wants the Legislature to pass key legislations that seek to protect those who attempt to expose government officials involved in acts of corruption.

Speaking Monday at the start of a three-day “Whistleblower and Witness Protection Workshop” organized by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in partnership with LACC, Cllr. Verdier observed that the West African region has weak or non-existent legislations and policies to protect citizens who expose acts of corruption.

He noted that the region also lacks sustainable programs to protect individuals willing to provide credible testimonies in order to successfully convict public officials and individuals who stand accused of squandering public resources.

Verdier pointed out that this act on the part of governments in the region is hampering the fight to minimize corruption and provides a continuous avenue for the plundering of public funds and perpetual impunity.

He disclosed that Liberia has signed and acceded to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the African Union Convention Preventing and Combating Corruption and ECOWAS Protocol on the fight against corruption.

According to him, these international, continental and regional instruments obligate governments and state parties to adopt appropriate and relevant legislations to protect witnesses and whistleblowers.

He lauded UNODC and ECOWAS for organizing such regional gathering which, he said, seeks to increase the knowledge of participants about systems to protect whistleblowers and witnesses.


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