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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary


30. September 2011

German parliament debates about safety of whistleblowers

To and and listen to the speeches  (in German) click here.

Further information at http://whistleblower-netzwerk.de/

See a photo exhibition of whistleblowers.

21. July 2011

The present jurisdiction of German courts does not provide adequate protection for whistleblowers.

The International Association Of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) call for follow-up measures from today’s ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the case of the whistleblower Brigitte Heinisch.

The German section of the international law association IALANA in collaboration with the VDW interprets the whistleblower judgement of the ECHR on 21st July 2011:

The judgement from the Court of Human Rights, which the geriatric nurse (and the awardee of the Whistleblower Prize in 2007) Brigitte Heinisch (Berlin) received today, revealed:

1. The present jurisdiction of German courts does not provide adequate protection for whistleblowers. Neither the Federal Labour Court nor the Federal Constitutional Court were able to rectify the shocking ruling of the Regional Labour Court of Berlin, which rejected Ms Heinisch’s case for unfair dismissal.

Read on

1. July 2011

Whistleblower-Award 2011

The Whistleblower Award 2011 goes to Dr. Rainer Moormann, Aachen/Germany and to „Anonymus“.

Read the press release (in German).
Read the program of the Award Ceremony (in German) to be held at 19.30 at the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin/Germany.
Further information on the VDW website and the IALANA website.

22. October  2010

Daniel Ellsberg interviewed on release of Iraq War docs

Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! interviewed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, which eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

He talked with Amy about WikiLeaks and whistleblowing. Watch the interview on Democracy Now! here: www.democracynow.org/2010/10/22/wikileaks_prepares_largest_intel_leak_in

Source: Right Livelihood Award Newsletter October 2010

16. May 2010

Tale of Two Nuclear Whistleblowers

By David Krieger

Reliable sources have revealed that the secret trial of Iranian nuclear whistleblower Amid Nasri has resulted in a sentence of 18 years to be served in solitary confinement. Nasri, a former worker at a Iranian uranium enrichment plant, revealed to the The Sunday Times in London that Iran was developing nuclear materials as part of a program to create nuclear weapons. Nasri was lured to Rome by a strikingly beautiful Iranian secret agent, where he was kidnapped by the secret service and returned to Iran for trial.

The government of Iran issued a brief statement in which they claim that Nasri violated the national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran and was tried and punished accordingly. They state that he had a contractual obligation not to release any information concerning the work of the uranium enrichment plant where he worked.

Nasri has been incarcerated in Iran's highest level security prison and has not been allowed to speak to the press or to foreign officials. The restrictions on him are so severe that he is not allowed even to speak with other prison inmates.

Read on

11. January 2010

Mordechai Vanunu: Nuclear Hero's 'Crime' was Making Us Safer

By Daniel Ellsberg

Mordechai Vanunu — my friend, my hero, my brother — has again been arrested in Israel on "suspicion" of the "crime" of "meeting with foreigners." I myself have been complicit in this offense, traveling twice to Israel for the express purpose of meeting with him, openly, and expressing support for the actions for which he was imprisoned for over eighteen years. His offense has been to defy, openly and repeatedly, conditions put on his freedom of movement and associations and speech after he had served his full sentence, restrictions on his human rights which were a direct carry-over from the British Mandate, colonial regulations in clear violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Such restrictions have no place in a nation evincing respect for a rule of law and fundamental human rights. His arrest and confinement are outrages and should be ended immediately.

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Mordechai Vanunu
Source: Eileen Fleming / Wikipedia

29. December, 2009

Israeli police arrest nuclear whistleblower Vanunu

Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was ordered to be put under house arrest Tuesday after being charged with violating a condition of his 2004 release from an Israeli prison.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Vanunu met with "a number of foreigners," something he was ordered not to do for fear he might divulge classified information. Vanunu, who has been charged with violating this order before, flashed a "V" sign and unleashed a rambling tirade against the "impotent" Jewish state as he entered a Jerusalem court. His lawyer, Avigdor Feldman, said Vanunu was arrested because he has a Norwegian girlfriend whom police have already interrogated. A court spokesman said Vanunu would be released from jail Tuesday evening and was ordered to stay under house arrest through Thursday.
Vanunu was a former low-level technician at an Israeli nuclear plant who leaked details and pictures of the operation to the Sunday Times of London in 1986.
Israeli intelligence agents kidnapped him in Rome and brought him back to Israel to stand trial. He served 18 years in prison before being freed, but he is not allowed to leave the country.
Upon his release in 2004, Vanunu was banned from leaving the country and having unauthorized contact with foreigners.
Following a policy that it calls "nuclear ambiguity," Israel has never acknowledged or denied having a nuclear weapons program. But experts concluded from the material that Vanunu divulged that Israel had the world's sixth-largest nuclear arsenal.

What is whistleblowing?

By Dieter Deiseroth

Origins of term "whistleblower"

The term whistleblower derives from the practice of English bobbies, who would blow their whistles when they noticed the commission of a crime. The whistle would alert both law enforcement officers and the general public of danger.

Definition of a whistleblower

Most whistleblowers are internal whistleblowers, who report misconduct to a fellow employee or superior within their company. External whistleblowers, however, report misconduct to outside persons or entities. In these cases, depending on the information's severity and nature, whistleblowers may report the misconduct to lawyers, the media, law enforcement or watchdog agencies, or other local, state, or federal agencies.

Download and read whole article: Deiseroth-Whistleblowing.pdf (71K)

Societal verification: wave of the future?

Extract from the Societal Verification Yearbook 2000
By Dieter Deiseroth

Download and read article: Deiseroth-Societal_Verification.pdf (284K)

Dieter Deiseroth is judge at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig/Germany, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German section of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) and  chair of the Whistleblowing Award Jury.

The Whistleblowing Award

When people out of altruistic motives openly speak up against illegal, unfair or otherwise ethically doubtful practices that they have heard of or experienced while doing their duties in their jobs or public offices, we call them "whistleblowers".

Whistleblowers, in general, stir up public attention to legally or ethically dubious practices of the powerful practices that might inflict harm on the community of citizens or the general public.

Two cases that have particularly had IALANA's attention are the Nikitin case and the Vanunu case.The German affiliate of IALANA, together with the Association of German Scientists and the International Network of Engineers and Scientists to Promote and Protect Ethical Engagement (INESPE) have even awarded the first ever Whistleblowing-Award to Alexander Nikitin. The Award is meant as an expression of our high regard for a person who:

  • acts without any thought of personal interests, but solely out of the benefit of the public;
  • shows a great degree of civilian courage by critically giving her or his opinion on dangerous events or developments, or
  • refuses to cooperate on activities because of intolerable dangers or risks out of ethical reservations or other conscientious reasons,
  • risks serious disadvantages and detriments for his or her personal or professional career, or even jeopardizing personal freedom and life.

Source: www.ialana.net/whistleblowing

Whistleblower award 2009: Rudolf Schmenger und Frank Wehrheim

For more info and list of awardees please visit: