Brazil will continue to strengthen mechanisms to make it easier for citizens to report corruption, to facilitate actions including by law enforcement on the information provided, and to protect “whistle blowers” and others in the public and private employees who take personal risks to unveil corruption activities.
Themes: Whistleblower/civil society space protection
Last updated: September 2018
Concrete: Somewhat Concrete | New: Not New | Ambitious: Not Ambitious
Several measures have been taken recently:
• Law 13.460 of June 26th, 2017, on social participation, protection and guarantee of the rights of public service users. Provides that every entity must have effective channels to receive citizens complaints and other communications, including reports of corruption. It also provides that any personal information about the complainant/whistleblower must be kept secret.
• Law 13.608 of January 10th, 2018, on public hotlines for complaints including reports on corruption. It introduces the possibility for the government to reward citizens that provide information that helps police investigation. It also provides that any personal information about the complainant/whistleblower must be kept secret.
• Interministerial Ordinance 424 of December 30th, 2016 (Portaria Interministerial nº 424/2016) establishes that any municipality that receives money from the Federal Government (with the exception of resources transferred due to legal or constitutional obligations) must have an effective channel for citizens to report irregularities.
• An online system was created by CGU and made available in 2017 for all municipalities with no cost, named E-Ouv Municípios, for them to receive citizens’ complaints in the terms of the Interministerial Ordinance 424 (https://sistema.ouvidorias.gov.br/publico/BuscadorOuvidorias/BuscadorOuvidorias.aspx).
• The topic of whistleblower protection is being widely debated, including within the Brazilian National Anti-corruption Strategy (ENCCLA). There are also several bills under evaluation at the Brazilian Congress that deal with this topic, such as PL 9167/2017 and PL 8727/2.