About

Corruption in the Pacific is a real and immediate challenge to the security and prosperity of Pacific Island peoples. Corruption undermines the stability and security of societies, erodes democracy and ultimately undermines the rule of law.

PILON is committed to supporting transparent and accountable legal frameworks in the region and upholding the rule of law. The importance of combatting corruption to the region is reflected in Pacific Leaders’ reaffirmation of the rules-based international order in the Boe Declaration on Regional Security (‘Boe Declaration’).

The Boe Declaration identifies transnational crime and human security as key strategic focus areas. Corruption, money laundering and financial crimes are specific categories to be addressed in the Boe Declaration Action Plan. PILON’s focus on combatting corruption as a strategic priority provides a collective approach to support leaders’ commitment to the rule of law. In line with the Action Plan, the PILON Corruption Working Group is focussing on improving capacity to implement and enforce anti-corruption laws.

PILON works with regional and international partners, including the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project and the Asia/Pacific Group on Anti Money Laundering to deliver activities including regional workshops, training and development of practical resources.

Co-chairs

  • Jay Udit (Solicitor-General and Secretary for Justice and Border Control, Republic of Nauru)
  • Kerryn Kwan (Principal Government Lawyer, Republic of Nauru)

Members

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Marshall Islands
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Solomon Islands

Upcoming activities

2021
Whistleblower Protection: Developing Comprehensive Whistleblower Protections - An Overview (49 mins)

Webinar available now – Members Zone/Corruption Working Group

Have you ever wondered what the term ‘whistleblower’ actually means? Are you thinking of creating or improving a whistleblower framework? Would you like to hear more about international best practice to protect and support whistleblowers?

The Pacific Islands Law Officers’ Network (PILON) Corruption Working Group is pleased to present the first in a series of three webinars on Whistleblower Protection. This event, partnered with the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC), is presented by Dr Ashley Savage (technical expert and UN-PRAC consultant) and features opening remarks by Mr Ronald Talasasa (Director of Public Prosecutions, Nauru).

The webinar is pre-recorded so you can watch it at any time by logging in or signing into the Members Zone/Corruption Working Group (we recommend to use Google Chrome to access the Members Zone).

We hope you enjoy this presentation and please let us know what you think by emailing pilon@pilonsec.org.

Completed activities

2020
PILON Week Webinar – The effects of COVID-19 on corruption in the Pacific

12 November 2020, 3pm Samoa Time (WST) 

This event, partnered with UN-PRAC, was delivered by United National technical advisers on anti-corruption. Annika Wythes (UNODC) and Sonja Stefanovska-Trajanoska (UNDP) provided corruption and COVID-19 insights for the Pacific, discussing the ways in which the pandemic has amplified the effects of corruption, and ways in which the region can combat this threat.

Posters showcasing their presentations:

Presentation poster - Annika Wythes
Presentation poster - Sonja Stefanovska-Trajanoska

Recording of this webinar can be found here.

2019
Framework for Prosecuting Corruption in the Pacific: Experiences, Challenges and Lessons Learnt

The Framework provides a baseline understanding of PILON countries’ legal frameworks and experiences in prosecuting corruption, including case studies of successful prosecutions of bribery, embezzlement and money laundering offences.

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2018
Who, What, Why of Whistleblower Protection for the Pacific

The booklet promotes understanding about the benefits of protected disclosure frameworks and identifies some of the specific issues faced by small Pacific Island communities. The booklet includes a model whistleblower policy that could be adapted for government agencies, as appropriate.

Download (PDF, 2.8 MB)

2017
Guiding Principles for Protecting Whistleblowers and Encouraging Protected Disclosures

The guidelines set out the main elements for a protected disclosure, or whistleblowing, legislative framework to assist countries who might be considering the development of legislation to protect those who report corrupt activities.

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2016
PILON/APG (Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering) Typologies Report: Recovering the Proceeds of Corruption in the Pacific

This report compiles relevant regional case studies on corruption and related money laundering prosecutions and highlights key challenges and successes. It provides recommendations to improve law enforcement and prosecutorial responses to corruption through effective anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime frameworks.

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2014
Effective Asset Management: A practical guide to the administration of seized, restrained and confiscated property for Pacific jurisdictions

This guide provides the building blocks for the development of property management laws and procedures in proceeds of crime matters, with a view to assisting Pacific jurisdictions to develop or enhance their frameworks in this area.

Download (PDF, 1.3 MB)

2013
Guide to Legislative International Best Practice for Anti-Corruption Agencies

The purpose of this Guide is to assist Pacific Island countries which are considering establishing or reforming agencies with an anti-corruption focus, by examining international best practice regarding the legislative framework for anti-corruption agencies.

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Roles and functions of Ombudsman and current complaint mechanisms in Pacific Islands

This paper details of how Ombudsman and non-Ombudsman complaint handling mechanisms vary between different Pacific Islands.

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Further learning resources

For further resources and useful tips in relation to combating corruption, please visit the Digital Library.

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