Friday, 22 September 2023
HRCSL stresses need to incorporate economic, social, cultural rights

HRCSL stresses need to incorporate economic, social, cultural rights

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka calls on the president to give leadership in calling for, and the prime minister and all members of the Constitutional Assembly, to ensure the incorporation of economic, social and cultural rights in the future constitutional chapter on rights as fully protected rights.

The HRCSL says in a statement that it is deeply concerned by moves by some to prevent the inclusion of these rights in violation of the principle that human rights are all interconnected and cannot be divided.

The constitution-making process must necessarily recognize the views articulated by the public in the public consultation process, demanding the constitutional protection of rights such as the right to education, an adequate standard of health, housing and fair conditions of labour in the future constitution.

Failure to do so is also a violation of legal obligations undertaken by Sri Lanka, particularly under the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights.

Sri Lanka’s improving human rights record will be sullied by such a failure and would seriously undermine public confidence in the future constitution, the HRCSL statement adds.

Link to the full statement:

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