Czech Republic

Since 2015 the Czech government and its civil society partners, with support of EU and other taxpayer funds, have spent hundreds of thousands of euros to publicize their plans to pass a whistleblower protection law. The government has presented its plans at conferences at the Prague Town Hall and other lavish venues, and at a reception and five-star dinner at the residence of British Ambassador Jan Thompson.

Thus far, the country has little return from this investment. Neither of the competing draft laws developed by the Finance and Human Rights ministries has meaningfully progressed in Parliament. This lack of inaction comes despite public pledges by Finance Minister Andrej Babiš to push for a new whistleblower law.

Whistleblower rights and protections are very weak in the Czech Republic, the second-to-last country in Europe to ratify the UN Convention against Corruption. Claims by various government officials that current laws adequately protect whistleblowers have been discredited by independent research.

This Czech NGO WB o.s. which has teamed with Senator Libor Michàlek, a two-time whistleblower who is advocating for his own whistleblower law. Michàlek tells his story here.