Le Hien Duc: School teacher - Vietnam (Integrity Award)
Filed under - Whistleblowing
Since retiring in 1984, Le Hien Duc, a Vietnamese school teacher, has become a resourceful anti-corruption fighter by filing complaints and helping fellow citizens to challenge petty bribing and large-scale graft.
Her respect for authority ends where corruption begins. Duc has tracked down high and low-level officials through different means, at home or in the office, to ensure that they cannot ignore the victims of corruption claiming their rights.
In spite of many threats, she provides hope and encouragement for stopping acceptance of corruption. Warning of an early death has been delivered to her door in the form of an empty coffin but this 75 year-old is full of anti-corruption energy.
Whether it is allegations of graft in the school system or bribing by police on the road, Duc does not back off until the concerns of those afflicted by corruption are dealt with in a fair manner.