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Name: Constitution of 1978 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Country: Sri Lanka
Subject(s): Constitutional law
Type of legislation: Constitution
Adopted on: 1978-08-31
Entry into force:
ISN: LKA-1978-C-35655
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=35655&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Constitutions of the Countries of the World, 2010-11, [Consitution as amended to 2010], Oxford University Press, New York, USA, pp- 1-172
Constitution (as amended up to 2000) Constitution (as amended up to 2000) Official Website of the Government, Sri Lanka PDF of 1978 Constitution without amendments PDF of 1978 Constitution without amendments (consulted on 2006-04-21)
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Parliament of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka PDF of Constitution as amended to 9 September 2010 PDF of Constitution as amended to 9 September 2010 (consulted on 2013-10-08)
Abstract/Citation: Comprised of 172 sections concerning fundamental rights, the executive, legislature and the judiciary. Provides for freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, language, caste, sex, and political opinion is prohibited. Grants freedom of speech and expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom of association including the right to form and join a trade union, subject to "such restrictions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of racial and religious harmony or national economy". In a similar vein, all freedoms with the exception of freedom from torture and freedom of thought, conscience and religion, are subject to "such prescriptions as may be prescribed by law in the interests of national security, public order and the protection of public health and morality, or for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others, or of meeting the just requirements of the general welfare of a decmocratic society".
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