The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has raised concerns over increasing reports of corruption in the country despite the Government prioritizing corruption combating mechanisms.

Speaking on combating corruption and fraud utilizing a pragmatic approach, President of the BASL, President’s Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam said that the people had to be mindful of this and demand compliance with the promises loftily made by the new Government which has pledged good governance.

“In high-level dialogues with stakeholders, we must review the findings of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) Implementation Review of Sri Lanka, and the Government’s priorities for responding to the Review. The Government has prioritized supporting measures to prevent and combat corruption,” he said.

He added that Sri Lanka must develop benchmarks for Sri Lanka to reach Zero or near Zero Tolerance levels. “We must outline concrete and practical measures to address priorities and the current status with regards to fighting corruption,” he added.
(RL J)