Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) released ‘The Sri Lanka Governance Report 2012/13‘ on 29th May 2014, that exclusively focuses on the status of governance in Sri Lanka. TISL is the Sri Lankan Chapter of Transparency International (TI), the leading global movement against corruption.
The Sri Lanka Governance Report, a regular publication of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is devoted to promote good governance. It is concerned with building a nation that upholds integrity whilst eradicating corruption. The current issue of the Governance Report also covers 2012 as a report was not published exclusively for 2012 and focuses on issues of seven thematic areas of governance.
“In practice, good governance involves promoting the rule of law, tolerance of minority and opposition groups, transparent political processes, an independent judiciary, an impartial police force, a military that is strictly subject to civilian control, a free press and vibrant civil society institutions, as well as meaningful elections. Above all, good governance means respect for human rights the report says.
It critically examines with examples the instances where the rule of law has been undermined and how politicians have flouted the law with impunity. In addition to that chapter the report has six other chapters that focus on specific areas that are facing a crisis in governance. “The Increasing Burden of Public Debt” analyses the ever growing public debt, its macroeconomic impact and the extent of the total public debt. “Impeachment of the 43rd Chief Justice” of Sri Lanka covers the procedures followed by judicial and legislative bodies at various stages of the impeachment process.
A Chapter on Illegal Dispossession of Land, Sport and Corruption, Sri Lankan Media and a final chapter “The Problem of Governance in Sri Lanka is included in the report. The report seeks to understand how Sri Lanka performs broadly in relation to many dimensions of governance and compares itself with other countries in the world and support the collective effort to eradicate corruption in order to build a future Sri Lanka which is equitable,peaceful and just.