African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption, 2003

The African Union Convention  is clear that effectively tackling corruption must be  firmly grounded in “Respect for democratic principles and institutions, popular participation” and commits member states to “prevent, detect, punish and eradicate corruption and related offences in the public and private sectors.”

The  Convention situates whistleblowing as a key mechanism to combating corruption and doing so in order to foster democratic accountability and principles of social and economic justice. Article 5 (5) and (6) respectively require member states to-

  • Adopt legislative and other measures to protect informants and
    witnesses in corruption and related offences, including protection
    of their identities
  • Adopt measures that ensure citizens report instances of corruption
    without fear of consequent reprisals.


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