December, 14, 2021
TISL launches Apesalli.lk on International Anti-Corruption Day 2021
The landscape of corruption the world over has changed drastically due to the Covid-19
pandemic in the past two years, increasing opportunities for corruption while deepening
the adverse impact of corruption upon the people.
Here in Sri Lanka, there have been numerous scandals and corruption allegations that
rocked the nation in 2021 as the people of the country struggled to survive in a
pandemic economy facing multiple challenges such as the loss of income opportunities
and the hike in cost of living. It is in this backdrop that Transparency International Sri
Lanka (TISL) marks International
Anti-Corruption Day today (Dec. 9th ). TISL has chosen “Ape salli” or “our money” as
our central theme this year, in a bid to highlight corruption in the form of abuse of power
and misuse of public resources, which belong to the citizens of the nation.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said “if corruption is a disease,
transparency is a central part of its treatment.” In order to promote this treatment to
corruption, as described by the former UN Secretary-General, TISL will be launching
apesalli.lk today, a citizen-driven platform for activism and advocacy on anti-corruption.
Apesalli.lk provides a unique platform for the citizens to report incidents of corruption to
TISL. Following a thorough verification process, TISL will also be able to advice the
complainants on seeking legal redress and to take steps to file complaints directly with
the authorities where possible. Citizens who have experienced or observed corruption in
their day to day lives are also given a platform to write and share their stories, gain
public’s attention and create a public discourse on corruption.
Apesalli.lk also facilitates reporting on election violations including misuse of state
resources and other violations of election laws during campaigning periods. The website
provides users the opportunity to track corruption related incidents in specific locations
of the country as well as to obtain statistics on corruption-related incidents reported to
TISL will also be releasing a review of allegations, scandals and changes in the
anti-corruption landscape reported in 2021 titled, “Hindsight 2021.”, which simplifies and
summarizes them and highlights what actions have been taken and can be taken.
TISL’s Executive Director Nadishani Perera in her message to mark International
Anti-Corruption Day shared the following thoughts.
“There have been many developments that took place this year that are extremely
concerning. The controversial tax amnesty granted earlier this year, the hastily passed
Colombo Port City Economic Commission bill, multiple alleged corruption scandals
related to sugar, fertilizer and other necessities, are but a few of the worrying
developments that took place this year.
However, such incidents and unhealthy measures could have been prevented or
mitigated if there was greater transparency as well as accountability pertaining to the
decisions. It is also paramount to ensure greater transparency in the systems and
actions of the Government and public sector. In addition, the citizens should be able to
understand the corruption that is taking place as well as its far-reaching implications.
This would lead to greater public demand for accountability from public representatives
and state officials.”
“At a time when our country is making strides in vaccinating people to combat the Covid
19 pandemic, let us also commit to fight the pandemic of corruption that has plagued
this country for decades, much longer than Covid-19, preventing the fruits of
development initiatives from reaching the most needed areas, exacerbating inequalities
and causing the country to stagnate as a developing nation.”
Marking Anti-Corruption Day, TISL calls upon all actors from the state, private and
community to rise up against corruption in our nation and presents Apesalli.lk as a tool
that would facilitate citizen activism against corruption.