Nearly four years since Edward Snowden fled US authorities after revealing a secret global system of mass surveillance, no specific international framework has been set up to grant asylum for whistleblowers who expose large-scale corruption and abuse of authority.
Seeking to close this gap, which leaves whistleblowers worldwide in legal peril, refugee and whistleblower activists and experts met in Berlin on April 27 to launch an international campaign to formalize whistleblowing as a category for political asylum.
The Berlin Partnership on Whistleblower Asylum is the first international effort to establish asylum rights for whistleblowers. This designation could have eased the ability of prosecuted whistleblowers such as Snowden, Hervé Falciani and Bradley Birkenfeld to be granted political asylum.
Among the international experts who attended the meeting were Guy Goodwin-Gill, William Bourdon, Karen Musalo, Aidan O’Neill, Liliana Jubilut and Karina Sarmiento.
The meeting was organized and sponsored by Blueprint for Free Speech, A Change of Direction, and the Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa.
Campaign details are forthcoming soon.
Director – International Whistleblower Project / Blueprint for Free Speech
Co-coordinator – Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection
Board Member – Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa