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Most Lankans trust Judiciary over other public bodies

Of all key state institutions in the country, 73 percent of the public have trust in the Judiciary over other institutions, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) revealed in its Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2019 report for Sri Lanka.

The report revealed that the public, when asked which key state institution they trust the most amongst the Judiciary, Government and Police, a majority of the public selected the Judiciary with 73 percent saying they had either a fair amount of trust or a great deal of trust in the courts. This is in stark comparison to the Government at 47 percent and the Police at 57 percent.

The Global Corruption Barometer is the world’s largest public opinion survey on views and experiences of corruption. As a public poll, it provides an indicator as to how corruption affects individuals on a national level and how efforts to curb corruption are viewed on the ground.

The GCB 2019 Sri Lanka report published by TISL is a summary report of a survey conducted in the first quarter of 2019. The report has sampled a total of 1,300 respondents representing adults aged 18 to 80 years from all nine provinces of Sri Lanka, who are from urban and rural (including estate) settings.

The findings of the survey also revealed that “a quarter of the public found it acceptable to pay a bribe to obtain or expedite certain public services. Two-thirds of the public found these practices to be unacceptable.” It had also revealed that “86 percent of the public had some awareness of the existence of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). However, 72 percent were unaware of the existence of a mechanism to report incidents of bribery or corruption.”

The survey also revealed that “almost half of all respondents (46 percent) believed that sextortion, a form of corruption which occurs when a public official indicates the willingness to provide a government benefit in exchange for sexual favours, happened either occasionally, often, or frequently. Urban dwellers felt it to be more frequent than rural dwellers. However, within the rural sector, the data shows a greater vulnerability amongst those within the estate sector.”

Speaking on the survey report, TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said that the findings of the survey provide a perfect set-up for the state to refocus its efforts to combat corruption.

“The government and the police should also strive to foster greater trust in themselves. The alarming prevalence of sexual bribery must also be directly addressed, especially given the multiple challenges in supporting victims,” Obeysekere said.

“It is clear from these findings that as the main anti-corruption agency in the country, CIABOC must strengthen and expedite the implementation of its ambitious two-year National Action Plan. Whilst it is encouraging that the public is overwhelmingly aware of the Bribery Commission, the lack of awareness of the existence of a mechanism to report corruption underscores the challenges in fighting corruption,” Obeyesekere said.

“Whilst the government must adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, the fact that a quarter of the public finds it acceptable to pay a bribe to obtain certain services illustrates a public indifference to the consequences of engaging in corruption. Whilst stronger enforcement of the law could address this indifference to an extent, there must be an honest review of the resources and skills required to effectively fight corruption – and the government should allocate resources accordingly – in light of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s manifesto commitment to fight corruption,” Obeyesekere said.

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Paying bribes acceptable to a quarter of Sri Lankans - TISL Survey (12:30)

Of the key state institutions in the country, 73% of the public have trust in the Judiciary system the most, Transparency International Sri Lanka revealed in its Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2019 report for Sri Lanka.

The report had further revealed the public, when asked which key State institution they trust the most “amongst the Judiciary, Government and Police, a majority of the public selected the Judiciary with 73% saying they had either a fair amount of trust or a great deal of trust in the courts. This is in stark comparison to the Government at 47% and the Police at 57%.”  

The Global Corruption Barometer is the world’s largest public opinion survey on views and experiences of corruption. As a poll of the general public it provides an indicator as to how corruption is affecting individuals on a national level and how efforts to curb corruption are viewed on the ground.

The GCB 2019 Sri Lanka report published by TISL is a summary report of a survey conducted in the first quarter of 2019.The report has sampled a total of 1,300 respondents representing adults aged 18 to 80 years from all nine provinces of Sri Lanka, who are from urban and rural (including estate) settings.

The findings of the survey also revealed that “A quarter of the public found it acceptable to pay a bribe to obtain or expedite certain public services. Two-thirds of the public found these practices to be unacceptable.”  It had also revealed that “86% of the public had some awareness of the existence of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). However, 72% were unaware of the existence of a mechanism to report incidents of bribery or corruption.”  
 


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