Commonwealth human rights experts will support the Parliament of Sri Lanka in drafting a new fundamental rights chapter for the proposed new Constitution, Minister Mahinda Samrasinghe states.
The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Parliament, convened a dialogue last week for members of the Constitutional Assembly to engage with international experts on global best practice in constitutional human rights.
The Constitutional Assembly, consisting of all 225 members of Parliament, began its work in April 2016 with the objective of preparing a new Draft Constitution for Sri Lanka.
Under the Constitutional Assembly, several sub-committees were formed, including the Sub-Committee on Fundamental Rights.
The sub-committee was mandated to assist in drafting a chapter on human rights which will enshrine into law strengthened protections for all Sri Lankans.
Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Mahinda Samarasinghe, who is Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Fundamental Rights and the Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, said he appreciated the assistance received from the Commonwealth Secretariat.
He said at his request, the Secretariat has facilitated the visit of three erudite and distinguished experts in the field of constitutional protection of human rights.