On 18th May, WIN co-chaired a session at RightsCon 2018 in Toronto, Canada. The session, How whistleblowing is changing the world, paired WIN with The Signals Network to explore cross-sector collaboration opportunities between media, civil society, lawyers and whistleblowers and the
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WIN panellists included Antoine Deltour; Eduard Martin-Borregon from The Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Mexico and Tom Devine, Legal Director at the Government Accountability Project (GAP), Washington DC. After the conference, Tom was interviewed about the case Of OSHA Federal Investigator and lawyer Darrell Whitman.
As one of GAP’s most important undertakings, Darrell Whitman’s case goes to the heart of legal protections in the US, revealing the need to remain vigilant and active to keep the wheels of justice moving and to continually monitor the systems that whistleblower laws can create – which themselves can be corrupted.
Click here to watch the interview.
Conferences like RightsCon 2018 are part of a new generation of digital and human rights events that bring together a very large number of engaged professional groups who are keen to learn; hard at work at local and national levels, particularly through journalism and investigations. They represent the next generation of activists from whom groups like WIN have a lot to learn, particularly in regards to the new and innovative tools they are using.
In turn, civil society organisations can help them to ensure their activism includes working with law and legal reform and assist them in promoting public education and sustainable institutional reform. WIN has a much to offer and much to gain from this type of dialogue and from partnerships with other interesting and related international initiatives such as The Signals network.
WIN will continue to submit session proposals to strengthen cross-sector collaboration and broaden its existing knowledge, tools and resources.