Sri Lanka

Under Article 1 of the Constitution, Sri Lanka is a free, sovereign, independent and democratic socialist republic. The Constitution of Sri Lanka, under Article 9, states that the Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all religions the rights granted by Articles 10 (Freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and 14(1)(e) (‘Every citizen is entitled to the freedom, either by himself or in association with others, and either in public or in private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice or teaching’). The Constitution provides for affirmative action and Article 12 (4) states that ‘Nothing in this Article shall prevent special provision being made, by law, subordinate legislation or executive action, for the advancement of women, children or disabled persons.’

Initial report
CEDAW Committee’s concluding observation on the initial report

Second Periodic report
CEDAW Committee’s concluding observation on the second periodic report

Third and Fourth Periodic Report
CEDAW Committee’s concluding observations on the third and fourth periodic report

Combined Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Periodic Report
CEDAW Committee’s concluding observations on the fifth, sixth and seventh periodic report


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