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Status of the Constitution

Sri Lanka, English

… do hereby adopt and enact this Constitution as the supreme Law of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. (Preamble)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

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Status of the Constitution

Sri Lanka, English

(1) All existing written law and unwritten law shall be valid and operative notwithstanding any inconsistency with the preceding provisions of this Chapter.12
(2) The subjection of any person on the order of a competent court to any form of punishment recognized by any existing written law shall not be a contravention of the provisions of this Chapter. (Art. 16)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

^1& mj;akd ,sÅ; kS;s iy ,sÅ; fkdjq kS;s w;=frka hïlsis ,sÅ; kS;shla fyda ,sÅ; fkdjq kS;shla fï mßÉfþofha fuhg by;ska we;s úê úOdkh,g wkQl+, fkdjqjo tlS ish¨ mj;akd ,sÅ; kS;s iy ,sÅ; fkdjq kS;s n,d;aulj ls%hd;aul jkafka h'
^2& ljr jQ fyda mj;akd ,sÅ; kS;shlska ovqjula f,i ms<s.kq ,enq ljr jQ fyda wdldrhl ovqjulg ljr jq fyda ;eke;af;l= ksis wêlrKhl wd{dj msg hg;a lsÍu fï mßÉfPofha úêúOdk lv lsÍula fkdjkafka h' ^16 jHjia:dj&

Status of the Constitution

Sri Lanka, English

The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms are inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations and accordingly it is the duty of every person in Sri Lanka –
(a) to uphold and defend the Constitution and the law ;
… (Art. 28)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

whs;sjdislï iy kka jeoEreï ksoyi ls%hd;aul ùu;a N+la;s ú¢u;a hq;=lï yd ne£ï bgq lsÍfuka fjkaj mej;sh fkdyelafla h' tfyhska )
^w& wdKqvql%u jHjia:dj iy ks;sh wdrlaId fldg wkq.ukh lsÍu o"
''' ^28 jHjia:dj&

Obligations of Private Parties

Sri Lanka, English

The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations and accordingly it is the duty of every person in Sri Lanka –

(e) to respect the rights and freedoms of others;
… (Art. 28)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

whs;sjdislï iy kka jeoEreï ksoyi ls%hd;aul ùu;a N=la;s ú¢u;a hq;=lï yd ne§ï bgq lsÍfuka fjkaj mej;sh fkdyelafla h' tfyhska )
'''
^b& fiiq whf.a whs;sjdislï iy kka jeoEreï ksoyi .re lsÍu o
''' ^28 jHjia:dj&

National Human Rights Bodies

Sri Lanka, English

(1) Parliament shall by law provide for the establishment of the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) charged with the duty of investigating and reporting upon complaints or allegations of the infringement of fundamental rights and other injustices by public officers and officers of public corporations, local authorities and other like institutions, in accordance with and subject to the provisions of such law.
… (Art. 156)6

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

^1& mßmd,k lghq;= mskh lsÍu iy fjk;a widOdrK ls%hd .ek lrkq ,nk meñKs,s fyda fpdaokd ta kS;sfha úêúOdkj,g wkql+,j yd hg;aj mrfslaId lr n,d jd¾;d lsÍfï ld¾hh Ndrh mßmd,k lghq;= ms
''' ^156 jHjia:dj&

Judicial Protection

Sri Lanka, English

Every person shall be entitled to apply to the Supreme Court, as provided by Article 126,5 in respect of the infringement or imminent infringement, by executive or administrative action, of a fundamental right to which such person is entitled under the provisions of this Chapter. (Art. 17)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

fï mßÉfþofha úêúOdk hgf;a hï ;eke;af;l=g ysñjk hï uQ,sl whs;sjdislula hï úOdhl fyad mßmd,kuh ls%hdjla u.ska W,a,x>kh lr ;sîu fyda W,a,x>kh lsÍug w;Hdikakj ;sîu fyda iïnkaOfhka 126 jeks jHjia:dfõ úêúOdk i,ld we;s mßÈ fY%aIaGdêlrkhg b,a,Sula lsÍug ta ;eke;a;dg ysñlï we;af;a h' ^17 jHjia:dj&

Obligations of the State

Sri Lanka, English

In the Republic of Sri Lanka sovereignty is in the People and is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise. (Art. 3)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

Ys% ,xld ckrcfha mrudêm;H ck;dj flfrys msysgd we;af;a h' mrudêm;H w;ay< fkdyelafla h' mrudêm;Hhg md,k n,;," uQ,sl whs;sjdislï iy Pkao n,h o we;=<;a jkafka h" ^3 jHjia:dj&

Judicial Protection

Sri Lanka, English

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall be the highest and final superior Court of record in the Republic and shall subject to the provisions of the Constitution exercise –

(b) jurisdiction for the protection of fundamental rights;
… (Art. 118)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

Ys% ,xld ckrcfha fY%aIaGdêlrKh ckrcfha W;a;Í;u iy wdjidkd;aul f,aLfkdam.; lsÍfï fcHIaG wêlrKh jk w;r wdKavql%u jHjia:dfõ úêúOdkj,g hg;aj" fuys my; ±lafjk wdldrfha jq wêlrK n,h ls%hd;aul lrfka h'
tkï·)
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^wd& uQ,sl whs;sjdislï wdrlaId lsßu i|yd jq wêlrK n,h·
''' ^118 jHjia:dj&

Judicial Protection

Sri Lanka, English

(1) The Supreme Court shall have sole and exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question relating to the infringement or imminent infringement by executive or administrative action of any fundamental right or language right declared and recognized by Chapter III or Chapter IV.
(2) Where any person alleges that any such fundamental right or language right relating to such person has been infringed or is about to be infringed by executive or administrative action, he may himself or by an attorney-at-law on his behalf, within one month thereof, in accordance with such rules of court as may be in force, apply to the Supreme Court by way of petition in writing addressed to such Court praying for relief or redress in respect of such infringement. Such application may be proceeded with only with leave to proceed first had and obtained from the Supreme Court, which leave may be granted or refused, as the case may be, by not less than two judges.
(3) Where in the course of hearing in the Court of Appeal into an application for orders in the nature of a writ of habeas corpus, certiorari, prohibition, procedendo, mandamus or quo warranto, it appears to such Court that there is prima facie evidence of an infringement or imminent infringement of the provisions of Chapter III or Chapter IV by a party to such application, such Court shall forthwith refer such matter for determination by the Supreme Court.
… (Art. 126)

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

^1& 111 jk mßÉfþofhka fyda 1V jk mßfPofhka fyda m%ldY fldg ms
^2& ;udg iïnkaO tjeks hï uQ,sl whs;sjdislula ke;fyd;a NdId whs;sjdislu hï úOdhl ls%hdjla u.ska fyda mßmd,k ls%hdjla u.ska lv fldg we;s njg fyda lv lsßug w;Hdikakj mj;sk njg hï ;eke;af;= úiska fodaIdfrdamKhla lrkq ,nk wjia:djl Tyq úiska u ke;fyd;a Tyq fjkqfjka fmkS isák ks;s{jrfhl=f.a ud¾.fhka" t;eka mgka udihla we;=<;" tu lv lsÍfuka iykhla fyda msysgla ,nd fok f,i fYa%IaGdêlrfhka wheo isák b,a,Sula" ;;ald,fha mj;akd wêlrK Í;sj,g wkql+,j fYa%IaGdêlrh wu;d bÈßm;a lrk ,sÅ; fm;aiula u.ska l< yelafla h' tjeks b,a,Sula ms
^3& fyaìhka fldamia" i¾áfhdrdÍ" ;ykï" fm%isfvkafvda" ukavduQia fyda lafjda fjdfrdkafgda iajNdjfha jq ßÜ wd{d i|yd lrk ,o b,a,Sula wNshdpkdêlrKfhys úNd. lsÍfï È" ta b,a,Sfï md¾Yjlrejl= úiska" 111 jk jk mßÉfþofha fyda 1V jk mßÉfþofha úêúOdk lvlr we;s njg fyda lv lsÍug w;Hdikakj we;s njg neÆ ne,aug fmfkk idlaIs we;s nj ta wêlrKhg fmkS .sh wjia:djl ta ldrKh" ;SrKh lsÍu i|yd ta wêlrKh úiska fYa%IaGdêlrkh fj; fkdmudj fhduq l< hq;af;ah'
''' ^126 jHjia:dj&

Obligations of the State

Sri Lanka, English

(2) The State is pledged to establish in Sri Lanka a democratic socialist society, the objectives of which include –
(a) the full realization of the fundamental rights and freedoms of all persons ;
… (Art. 27)4

Sri Lanka, Sinhala

^2& u;= ±lafjk wruqKq o we;=<;a j m%cd;%dka;sl iudcjd§ iudchla Ys% ,xldfjys we;s lsÍug rch wem lem ù we;af;a h()
^w& ish¨ ;eke;a;kaf.a u uQ,sl whs;sjdislï iy kka je±reï ksoyi imqrd ,Su·
''' ^27 jHjia:dj&