Whistle Files


Whistleblowing is when an individual discloses wrongdoing within an organization by reporting it to the supervisors, media or to the relevant authorities, with the aim of bringing attention to and addressing the issue. The Whistleblower Protection Act (Act No.: 16/2019) requires institutions and organizations to establish internal mechanisms to review such disclosures of information about wrongdoings within that institution. In compliance with the Act, the People’s Majlis established the Whistleblower Protection Committee of the People’s Majlis (the internal mechanism established within the People’s Majlis).

If a person believes that a wrongdoing has taken place or is under the belief that it is taking place or may take place, that person is entitled to disclose that information under the Whistleblower Protection Act. Where a disclosure relates to the wrongdoings of a Member of Parliament the information initially must be disclosed to the Whistleblower Protection Committee of the People’s Majlis as stipulated in the Act.

As stipulated in the Whistleblower Protection Act, a ‘wrongdoing’ shall mean and include the following:

  • Any violation of the laws and regulations
  • Human rights violations
  • Violations of international humanitarian laws
  • Corruption
  • Any act that threatens public health and safety
  • Any act that endangers or damages the environment
  • Abuse of public office
  • Obstruction or miscarriage of justice
  • Waste or mismanagement of office resources
  • Committing a criminal or an administrative offence
  • Retaliation for whistleblowing
  • Anything to intentionally cover-up any of the above

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