Anti-Corruption Act and the Law on Protection of Informants of Anti-Corruption Crimes are signed
GMIC, Kabul, Afghanistan: The Special Secretariat for Anti-Corruption in coordination with Administrative Office of the President (AOP) and Ministry of Justice (MoJ) held a press conference in GMIC to brief the media outlets on Anti-Corruption Act and the law on protection of Informants of Corruption Crimes.
Mohammad Ashraf Rasooli Senior Advisor to MoJ said that the Anti-Corruption Act in five chapters and 40 articles and law on the protection of informants of corruption crimes in five chapters and 33 articles has been signed under the two Presidential decrees. These two laws will be among the most important laws in the fight against corruption in the country.
Dr. Yama Turabi Director of the Special Secretariat for Anti-Corruption said: “The Anti-Corruption Act has been developed in line with Afghanistan's commitment to the United Nations Convention against Corruption and the Afghanistan’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy. This law has been developed in a way that prevents parallel anti-corruption agencies, makes their activities legal and structured, and brings all of them under one roof.”
Meanwhile, the law on the protection of informants of corruption crimes has been developed to prevent and combat corruption, to provide protection and security for informants of corruption and to encourage people to report corruption crimes. The law provides mechanisms for protection of any person who provide information on corruption.
In these two laws, the role of policy-making and monitoring agencies in combating corruption is defined precisely. Besides, the role and the way people and civil society participate in the fight against corruption is made clear accurately and based on international standards.
Mohammad Haroon Mutasem, AOP Legal Affairs Director stressed that fighting against corruption will not succeed without people’s support, and added that this law has provided required protection mechanism so that individuals can cooperate in informing corruption crimes.
Reviewing Anti-Corruption Laws considering international standards and lessons from past is important step in increasing efficiency of fighting and preventing corruption.