Weekly news – 16 November 2018

Publikováno: 16. listopadu 2018

Colombian authorities are investigating the death of a key witness in a corruption case involving the Brazilian construction company, Odebrecht. Last week, Jorge Enrique Pizano died of suspected poisoning after expressing fears for his safety. He was in the process of negotiating with American authorities for shelter in the US.

While auditing a motorway construction project in 2013, Pizano began blowing the whistle on suspicious payments made by Odebrecht and a local partner. Odebrecht is at the centre of a Latin America-wide corruption scandal and appears to have paid bribes to win the Colombian construction contract.

Whistleblowers like Pizano play an essential role in exposing corruption and other wrongdoing that threaten public health and safety, financial integrity, human rights, the environment and the rule of law. By disclosing information about such misdeeds, whistleblowers have helped save countless lives and billions of dollars in public funds.

Unfortunately, whistleblowers sometimes face retaliation for their disclosures. This may mean being fired, arrested, assaulted or even killed.

It is vital that people who expose wrongdoing are protected. Transparency International works with whistleblowers throughout the world, helping them to report corruption and advocating for their well-being.

We are pressuring the EU to adopt a rigorous directive within the next six months, which would force all EU countries to enshrine strong whistleblower protection in law.

We’re lucky that people like Jorge Enrique Pizano and Ana Garrido Ramos, winner of this year’s Anti-Corruption Award, are brave enough to risk everything to expose corruption.

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Unfortunately, whistleblowers sometimes face retaliation for their disclosures. This may mean being fired, arrested, assaulted or even killed.