SL SHOULD UP­HOLD RULE OF LAW: CPA

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The Com­mon­wealth Par­lia­men­tary As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) said Sri Lanka should up­hold the rule of law as well as the es­sen­tial role of Par­lia­ment as de­fined in and pro­tected by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

The CPA notes the an­nounce­ment that Par­lia­ment will be re­con­vened on No­vem­ber 14 and ex­presses hope that the sit­u­a­tion can be re­solved at that time

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, it said the CPA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, cur­rently meet­ing in Lon­don, has noted with con­cern the re­cent po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Sri Lanka.

“The CPA notes the an­nounce­ment that Par­lia­ment will be re­con­vened on No­vem­ber 14 and ex­presses hope that the sit­u­a­tion can be re­solved at that time,” it said.

In its state­ment, the CPA re­ferred to the Com­mon­wealth Char­ter, adopted by all Com­mon­wealth mem­ber states in 2012.The Char­ter states that “gov­ern­ments, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and civil so­ci­ety are re­spon­si­ble for up­hold­ing and pro­mot­ing demo­cratic cul­ture and prac­tices,”

The CPA also re­ferred to its Rec­om­mended Bench­marks for Demo­cratic Leg­is­la­tures which state as fol­lows: “Re­in­forc­ing the be­lief that ef­fec­tive Par­lia­ments are one of the prin­ci­pal in­sti­tu­tions of any func­tion­ing democ­racy, [the Bench­marks] pro­vide a min­i­mum stan­dard and a guide on how a Par­lia­ment should be con­sti­tuted and how it should func­tion.the Bench­marks are there­fore fun­da­men­tal to the wider val­ues and prin­ci­ples of the Com­mon­wealth Char­ter,”

The Com­mon­wealth Par­lia­men­tary As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee is the prin­ci­pal gov­ern­ing body of the As­so­ci­a­tion and in­cludes Com­mon­wealth Speak­ers and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment.

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