Why is adopting a Whistleblower’s Protection law important for a country like Latvia?
The previous regulation was not sufficient. The dominant perception amongst citizens was that it did not make much sense to report corruption. As a result, we saw many examples of people coming forward to report abuses. With the new law, reporting, handling of the reports made, and whistleblower protection guarantees are all linked together in one special mechanism. This law -for the first time in our country- shows that reporting a violation with honesty and sense of fairness is the right behavior and that should the person reporting encounter any problems, they will get protection guarantees. The law is an important contribution to a democratic, open and participatory culture. It is also a way to say we can achieve safety and justice in our country if we all take it as a shared responsibility.
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