The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) observed that it had proposed a very broad fundamental rights chapter in its report, which if adopted would be one of the most sophisticated bill of rights in the world, unmatched in save a few countries.
Chairman of the PRCCR, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake said that the said bill of rights included under human rights, sexual freedoms, the fundamental rights of the disabled, and the rights of those who were discriminated including those victimized on the basis of caste.
Because the independence of the independent commissions must be apparent, certain changes have been proposed to the Constitutional Council, he added.
The establishment of a National Land Commission is proposed along with the introduction of Provincial Police Commissions which would come under the purview of the National Police Commission, he noted.
“Language rights have been recognized,” he remarked.
Aspects arising out of the establishment of a mixed electoral system, where people’s demands ranged from being able to recall non-performing MPs and also concerning their qualifications, have been factored in, Wijenayake pointed out.
“These different views expressed by the people, their demands and the Committee’s recommendations are in view of a new Constitution,” he said.
In addition, he said that reconciliation had been dealt with extensively. “While we have taken into consideration certain unwarranted fears concerning devolution, we have proposed certain ways in which one can move past these unwanted fears,” he explained.