UNCAC Wants Protection for Whistleblowers, Others

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The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) has urged State Parties to do more to protect witnesses, experts and victims of corruption.

During its Seventh Review Session of the Implementation Review Group held in Vienna from June 20-24, UNCAC noted with seriousness that limited or no measures are taken at all by States Parties for effective witness protection.

Liberia was represented at the UNCAC Session by the Vice Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. J. Augustine Toe, a press release by LACC said yesterday.

This year’s UNCAC Implementation Review Group Session highlighted issues related to the substantive outcome of the reviews and the progress made in the completion of the First Circle Review as well as the sharing of information on good practices, experiences and relevant measures taken after the completion of the country reviews.

In addition, issues relating to the delay in completing certain First Cycle Reviews were featured and State Parties who have not completed same were encouraged to do so before the end of 2016. States Parties were encouraged to make greater effort to finalize their Country Reviews in accordance with the established timelines and highlighted the challenges posed by the funding shortfall for the first two years of the second cycle.

Liberia was peer-reviewed during the First Cycle Review by the Republics of South Africa and Benin. Liberia has been encouraged to do more in criminalizing many of the offenses under the UNCAC that are yet to be legislated.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption is the first global, legally binding international anti-corruption instrument which helps countries prevent and combat corruption more effectively.

UNCAC requires that States Parties implement several anti-corruption measures which may affect their laws, institutions and practices. These measures are aimed at preventing corruption, criminalizing certain conducts, strengthening international law enforcement and judicial cooperation, providing effective legal mechanisms for asset recovery, technical assistance and information exchange.

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