Nov 21, 2016

‘New constitution will be a leader in fundamental rights’ Featured

Sri Lanka’s new constitution will be a leader in fundamental rights in the region in the event it encompasses the recommendations on fundamental rights submitted to the Constitutional Council, says Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne.

A member of the committee on fundamental rights, he has made the remark in an interview with BBC Sinhala Service.

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Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on November 19 submitted to the CC the reports of six subcommittees tasked with making recommendations for a new constitution.

Dr. Wickramaratne said the recommendations included an expansion of the civil and political rights, right to freedom against enforced disappearances and the right to personal safety.

Also, there are recommendations to ensure socioeconomic, cultural and environmental rights and rights of children, women, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

There are safeguards as well for individual religious, language and other rights in this multi-ethnic country, he said.