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MACEDO DE SOUZA, Cláudio; COELHO SILVEIRA MELLO, Ana Luiza  e  PEREIRA, Rafael. International Cooperation and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Perspective of the “Whistleblower” Protection. Opin. jurid. [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.42, pp.469-483.  Epub 19-Maio-2021. ISSN 1692-2530.

This article proposes the application of the whistleblowing institute in the case of the Chinese medic Li Wenliang by considering him a whistleblower due to the alerts he emitted about the COVID-19 pandemic. In face of the absence of protection and the silence imposed on him the following was asked: Which judicial conditions express the right for protection to the the medic that voluntarily exposed the specific risks for public health? The article concludes that the right for protection for the informer in good faith is backed by the whistleblower figure, corroborated by Human Rights and guaranteed by international cooperation, thus expressing the necessary judicial conditions for solving the Chinese medic case. The methodology employed was based on the deductive approach; starting from the whistleblowing institute the case of the Chinese medic is then assessed. The right for protection by the Chinese authorities was legitimized by Human Rights and legally by the whistleblowing figure, for being an informer on specific risks for public health. The medic was a holder of international personality, being, thus, a subject of law in front of the international institutions eyes and being legitimate the demand for Human Rights as a way for impeding future retaliations. It is concluded that the right for protections is a compromise of moral aspiration which judicial and political validity depend on international cooperation.

Palavras-chave : Whistleblowing; Whistleblower; International Cooperation; COVID-19 pandemic; Human Rights.

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