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Right to life, consent for marriage, Constitutional Court among new features in proposed Constitution

Right to life, consent for marriage, Constitutional Court among new features in proposed Constitution | The Sunday Times Sri Lanka: The subcommittee report on fundamental rights has recommended the inclusion of the “right to life” in the new Constitution.
The relevant section of the report presented to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday reads: “Every person shall have the inherent right to life, dignity, equality, freedom and security of the human person. Every person shall have the right to recognition as a person before the law. No person shall be arbitrarily deprived of his or her life or punished with death.”

In sharp contrast to the proposed Criminal Procedure Code amendment, which denies a suspect access to legal counsel until after the recording of the first statement by police, the subcommittee has recommended that “every person shall, from the time of his or her arrest, have the right to choose and consult an attorney-at-law of his or her choice.”

The report also calls for the inclusion in the new Constitution of a clause stating, “No person shall be subject to enforced disappearance …. and no circumstances whatsoever, including a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, shall be invoked as a justification for enforced disappearance.”
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