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On June 24, the National Network for the Right of Access to Information in Lebanon submitted a draft law on whistleblower protection to the country’s parliament. Representatives from the network, government agencies, civil society groups and parliamentarians who supported submission of the draft law gathered in the Parliamentary Library for a press conference marking the event.
Fadi Saab, Secretary General of the Lebanese Transparency Association, said that civil society’s participation in legislative decision making is a welcome progress. Drafted by a group of Lebanese lawyers with inputs from ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) legal specialists, the legislation covers the public and private sectors, offers protections for whistleblowers employment and their personal safety—including for family members—and provides compensation for violations. It includes a mechanism for reparations to whistleblowers whose disclosures lead to the recovery of public funds or prevention of material loss or damage. Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade Mohamad Safadi expressed his support for the whistleblower legislation and commended the network for its contribution, including with an access to information draft law it submitted to Parliament in 2009. Safadi called on the Lebanese Parliament to pass the bills.
The network launched in April 2008, includes Lebanese parliamentarians, government ministries, professional syndicates and civil society groups. The effort is supported by ABA ROLI and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
For more information about the National Network for the Right of Access to Information, visit www.a2ilebanon.org.
To learn more about our work in Lebanon, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org.