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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Corruption and Transparency (National and International)

By Colin Athuraliya

The fact that the governing and policy framework are understood, by local and external , to be shaped more by local actors than external actors to demonstrate the power of the good governess and rule of law development and transparent process of the postwar condition in Sri Lanka; Unfortunately, this has been in large part down to the political process and policy making bodies, but which are being badly affected by politicization rather than good governess process, since the new constitution introduced to the country in 1978.

The powers and the autonomy of the state have been subsumed by the interference of the political parties and individuals, which have come to the power; this process has prevented any real policy- making and also had taken over the responsibilities of the authorities in the country past few decades.

Problems of the good governance, particularly those of tracking corruption, transperence and establishing the rule of law, are widely alleged to be the central questions, facing Sri Lanka internationally today.

Since 1970s discussion of the corruption in Sri Lanka has been highlighted as a political good governance through the assertion of a link between the nationalist political leaderships and criminal elements involvement in all parts of the island. The problem of this issue heavily linked to the political, institutional framework and this is a political manipulation designed to undermine ‘the ordinary people’ of right to accountability. With an international pressure and In response to this they established such as bribery commission, human rights commission etc.

However, these all the political parties ignored this and work according to the creation of criminal center of power and the political framework inherited from the party politics had created an atmosphere where the style of government is essentially top down, with ‘rule of the party rather than ‘rule of law’ in the country and the absence of accountability and transparency.

Both development and anti –corruption and rule of law strategies and their use as a component part of international programs for good governance and developments, which have become an issues over the last few decade; major world powers and international agencies, such as the IMF, World Bank, United Nations, OECD, the G8, group of industrial nations and the European Union and non international actors are being focused on the problems of rule of law, corruption and state building in mostly post war developing Nations those who try to regulate the process of human rights, and human development country such as Bosnia, Crocia, South eastern Europe, Myanmar, some central African nations and Central American nations, Iraq, Afgnistan , Sri Lanka and India.

Political, economic and criminal network’s who dominated veiled structure of domestic control which is highly affected to the country rule of law.However, where corruption claims have been investigated there has been relatively little evidence of the involvement of leading political parties and the anti-corruption strategy sought to address through education and public awareness campaigning, but that is crucial for the success of any anti-corruption program if the public is apathetic towards corruption and accepts it as an inevitable presence.

The assumed connection between party politics dominance and corrupt practices are being regulated by establishing mechanisms of internal and external oversight to safeguard governing structures from party political influence.

Arrogantly Ignoring international pressure on the human rights violation; human rights commission resolution, we may not be able to protect the human dignity, democracy, law and order in the country, to maintain the ethnic harmony and economic development. With out we recognized the importance of the present international political trends, and Tamil Diaspora (unfortunately we have been unable to practice proper foreign policy to overcome the threat from them) who have established where they got sympathy for their grievances which they were being suffered for decades without any proper answers in their homeland.

It is in the public interest that our policy makers understand that our system cannot gain any kind of recognition that it would make us be in pain, without we recognized the importance of the international atmosphere and presser (without depending on one or two countries to survive) and freedom, academics thought and expression, which realize the promise of these Constitutional guarantees in our freedom . Several generations of politicians destroyed and undermine much that was valued in the intellectual and academic.

The disregard of law and legal procedures in other State institutions; With the complicity or lack of awareness of government agencies entrusted with the task of conservation. Government authorities are no longer accountable – their excuse is that they were unaware, or were ignored, or had no responsibility for the decision making process. Finally, prioritizing the rule of law above the political process runs the risk of unregulated and arbitrary power.

This danger is all too apparently in Sri lanka where there is no constitutional process of appeal for wrongful power use or capacity to challenge the rule of administration(what is being faced today) Once the rule of law separated from the democratic process it becomes the rule of autocracy rather than the rule of justice.What I think is now time has come to work together( with rational,conceptual, and analytical manner) to overcome all these challenges; we are being faced in domestic and internationally today.

- Asian Tribune -

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