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Why Sri Lanka decline to ratify UN anti-corruption treaty

Nagananda Kodituwakku From London

We all are aware in Sri Lanka high-level government corruption is the key element of the economic failure which lead to numerous problems including communal unrest. It is observed that since independence high level government corruption has been the major hindrance to the development of the nation.

With the UN anti-corruption treaty comes into force the corrupt officials [which include fraudster politicians] would find it difficult to hide assets obtained by illicit means. Ratifying of this treaty is very important in a climate where Lankan politicians have plundered national wealth in billions, denying the country badly needed resources for its economic and social development.

This convention deals with public procurement, bribery, illicit enrichment, embezzlement, misappropriation, money-laundering, protecting whistle-blowers, freezing of assets and cooperation between states and unto now 99 countries [which include Pakistan] has ratified this treaty but Sri Lanka has taken no interest in this regard.

In a environment where the only body [Bribery and Corruption Commission] with powers to inquire into bribery and corruption is made to defunct, I invite all print and electronic media to educate the people of Sri Lanka about the importance of signing of this treaty and to bring presure on the government of Sri Lanka to ratify this treaty, which is extremely significant as the Lanakn politicians are allowed to enjoy immunity from any action being taken against them by the spineless law enforcement machinery which is under direct control of the very same politicians.


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