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In April 2016, the Parliament of Sri Lanka convened for the first time as the Constitutional Assembly. The Assembly is mandated to draft a new constitution in order to establish a new political framework for Sri Lanka, addressing key questions related to democratic governance such as the electoral framework and the structure of the state. This has opened up a rare opportunity to work towards a more inclusive society that provides sufficient space for the Sri Lankan public to engage in the political process. Striving to engage in countries at crucial moments of transition, DRI launched its first project in Sri Lanka in 2016 to build upon the reform momentum and ensure an effective and sustainable democratic transition.

Accompanying Sri Lanka’s Democratic Transition

DRI supports the Constitutional Assembly and civil society by providing comparative expertise to lawmakers, civil society organisations and other key stakeholders. Against the backdrop of Sri Lanka’s possible re-entry into the European Union’s GSP+ preferential trade scheme, the project is aimed at generating broad stakeholder participation and commitment to the effective implementation of international human rights and labour law conventions. Specifically, DRI works to build awareness about GSP+ and contribute to a facts-based debate on its linkages with good governance.

 

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