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.

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Year Link
Date of Signature  17/07/1990
Date of Ratification/Accession 05/10/1981
Initial Report
State Party’s Report 1985 Click here.
Concluding Observations 1987 Click here. [Also available here]
Second Reporting Cycle  
State Party’s Report   1986 Click here.
Concluding Observations 1993 Click here.
Third & Fourth Reporting Cycle
State Party’s Report   1999 Click here.
Concluding Observations Click here.
Shadow Report 2001 Click here.
 Fifth, Sixth & Seventh Reporting Cycle 
State Party’s Report  2009 Click here.
Concluding Observations 2011/12 Click here [1], [2].
Follow-up Report 2013 Click here.
Follow-up Report (from other sources) Click here.
Shadow Report 2010 Click here.
Shadow Report 2014 Click here.
Shadow Report 2016 Click here.
Shadow Report 2017 Click here.


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