The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has today called upon all parties to set aside their political/or other partisan differences and to act at this moment in the best interest of the nation.
Issuing a statement today on the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution the BASL said; Bar Association of Sri Lanka has been consistently commited to upholding and preserving the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka. It has always been our unwavering position that the independence of the Judiciary, the independence of the public service including the police force, Good Governence and Zero-Tolarance towards corruption are essential in the democratic society committed to upholding the Rule of Law.”
The Secretary BASL Ajith Pathirana said; “The BASL sees the provisions in the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution on these measures, as a necessary and essential step toward achieving these ideals.
“In particularly, the following measures that are included in the 19th amendment are crucial at this juncture, and require urgent implementation.
- The re-establishment of the Constitutional Council;
- The re-establishment of the Independent Commissions, including the National Police Commision and Elections Commission.
- The recognition of the Right to Information as a Fundamental Right;
- The establishment of a transparent and accepted procedure in the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal;
- The abrogation of the 18th amendment to the Constitution.
“The BASL strongly urged all parties concerned to ensure enactment of these measures. The BASL call upon all parties to set aside their political/or other partisan differences and to act at this moment in the best interest of the nation.”