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BASL pushes for 19A passage

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has strongly pushed for the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

In a statement issued yesterday, the BASL noted that it has always held the “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”.

The BASL pointed out that the re-establishment of the Constitutional Council, the re-establishment of the Independent 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, and the abrogation of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution included in the 19th Amendment, are crucial at this juncture and require urgent implementation.

The BASL urged all parties to set aside their political and/or other partisan difference and to act in the best interests of the nation.

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