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Portugal – Whistleblower Protection

Portugal – Whistleblower Protection

Portugal has among the weakest legal protections for whistleblowers in Europe. The only known legal provision in Portugal that offers any protection for whistleblowers is one brief article in Law 19/2008 which states that employees who report crimes cannot be “harmed”. No type of disclosure or protection system is established, and the article does not explain how whistleblowers can be compensated for reprisals or how their identity is protected. Protection from disciplinary actions is limited to one year, and the mechanisms for ensuring this are unclear.
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Portugal has among the weakest legal protections for whistleblowers in Europe. It has no dedicated whistleblower law, extremely limited provisions for public and private sector employees, and no government agency that supports or protects whistleblowers. Despite growing attention on the issue throughout Europe in recent years, whistleblowing has not been a priority on Portugal’s political agenda. Its few legal provisions, as incomplete as they are, were passed only in response to international pressure. Moreover, a number of legal barriers make reporting crime and corruption especially risky for workers and citizens alike. Criminal defamation and “moral damage” laws have been utilized to prosecute and silence many whistleblowers.[…]
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Portugal tem entre as leis mais fracas de proteção aos “whistleblowers” na Europa. Não há leis específicas para eles. As cláusulas são extremamente limitadas para funcionários públicos e privados e não há uma agência do governo que apoie ou proteja o “whistleblowing” . Apesar de nos últimos anos ter crescido a atenção sobre isso na Europa, o whistleblowing não esteve como prioridade na agenda política de Portugal. As poucas disposições legais que possui, aliás, muito imprecisas, foram adotadas apenas em resposta à pressão internacional. Além disso, um número de barreiras legais fazem com que denúncias de crimes de corrupção sejam um risco para trabalhadores e cidadãos. Crimes de difamação e danos morais tem sido utilizados para processar e silenciar muitos whistleblowers. […]
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