Written by Tharushan Fernando
17 Apr, 2015 | 8:17 pm
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Friday, April 17, clarified its stance on the 19th Amendment stating that there are five key issues to be addressed.
1. The re-establishment of the Constitutional Council.
2. The re-establishment of the Independent Commissions, including the National Police Commission and the Elections Commission.
3. The recognition of the Right to Information as a Fundamental Right
4. The establishment of a transparent and accepted procedure in the appointment of Judges to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal
5. The abrogation of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution
The BASL went on further to add that the above provisions are crucial at this juncture and it had been their unwavering position that the Independence of the Judiciary, the independence of the public service including the police force, Good Governance and Zero-Tolerance towards corruption are essential in a democratic society committed to upholding the Rule of Law
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