Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a separate center established within Transparency Maldives (TM) to provide free legal advice to victims and witnesses of corruption. The citizens can pursue corruption related complaints by:
Calling ALAC’s toll-free number: (800) 3003 567
Visiting ALAC office: MF Building, 7th Floor, Chaandhanee Magu, Male’
Via email: email@example.com
ALAC, in addition to free legal consultation also conducts outreach programs to create public awareness about the detrimental effects of corruption.
ALAC would work with the government, independent institutions, NGO’s, private law firms and other relevant organizations and, would undertake advocacy to bring about broader systematic changes needed to tackle and curb corruption.
ALAC was officially launched on June 10, 2012, and it is the first legal advice center established in the Maldives to provide free legal services.
Prior to its launching, ALAC has worked in building relationship and establishing working partnership with several key stakeholders. This initial pre-launch work resulted in successful signing of ALAC’s first MoU with Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) of Maldives. In addition to that, initial meetings have been held between ALAC and 18 other key institutions including government ministries, independent state institutions and judiciary. MoU drafts have been sent to 11 of these institutions and discussions are on-going on finalizing and signing the MoUs.
The successful official launching ceremony, with media coverage and invitees from public and private sector opened the opportunity to introduce ALAC to the general public and encourage citizens to actively participate in anti-corruption work.
Speaking at the ALAC’s launching event, the chief guest, President of ACC Mr. Hassan Lutfy said “the center would make the Commission’s work a lot more efficient”. Mr. Lutfy also expressed his satisfaction with TM’s effort in abolishing corruption, the assistance TM provided to ACC, and called the stakeholders to lend their support to ALAC.
From day one of ALAC’s successful official launching, ALAC’s toll-free line has received several calls and many have visited ALAC office to sought advice.