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  • May De Silva
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    Confidentiality yes but how many people have been prosecuted successfully for leaking information?

    May De Silva
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    I don’t believe that it’s about the reward. We can offer millions but if we cannot offer protection as well this is a problem because we are hitting the perpetrators pockets and they will have the means to harm the witnesses. It’s about providing a sanctuary, safety, security for witnesses. In Seychelles our population is 95,000 and everybody knows everybody so it is hard to leave it in the hands of local enforcement who could be easily bribed to provide information on witness location. UN, EU and possibly Transparency Initiative could come up with a programme to assist small island states. We are not talking about thousands of witnesses after all. Probably a small group of vulnerable witnesses.

    May De Silva
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    In Seychelles the Anti-Corruption Act 2016 section 69 provide protection for whistle blowers but again some of the informers are reluctant to come forward because they are easily identified, even if they are cross examined behind a screen or via video link. Developed countries with strong Human Rights should be able to provide the sanctuary for whistle blowers. They have the capacity, knowledge and experience of handling such matters.

    May De Silva
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    All, it is important to note that as small island states we are unable to fund and sustain a Witness Protection Programme. We should seek partners from the EU to assist with setting a Witness Protection Fund for small island states. This could be in the form of an aid programme where the donor country could provide protection to vulnerable witnesses as part of their aid package. They provide all the financial support and protection as they have the resources to do this.

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