UK committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy

James DaurisThe British Government says it remains committed to help Sri Lanka strengthen democracy in the country.

The UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK’s visit to Sri Lanka this week is a reflection of the important and long standing Parliamentary relations that the two Parliaments enjoy.

The UK Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA UK) participated in a three day workshop in Sri Lanka on ‘Sectoral Oversight Committees for Members of Parliament’.

The workshop, which ran from 15th to 17th February, was attended by many Sri Lankan MPs and parliamentary officials.

British Members of Parliament Fiona Mactaggart, Richard Bacon and Julie Elliott, representing the Conservative and Labour Parties, worked together with Sri Lankan Parliamentarians to support Parliament’s aim of creating a strong, independent oversight committee system.

At a reception hosted by the British High Commission, MP Fiona Mactaggart said the visiting elagion has learnt that there is a hunger for effective democracy in Sri Lanka that has so recently dealt with bitter conflict.

“There is ambition to create a stable democracy, which allows those elected to Parliament to properly represent those who elected them. These sectoral oversight committees will enable Parliamentarians to work better for their constituents. Oversight committees will allow Members to use the authority that their election as MPs confers on them to help ensure that democracy thrives and government is held properly accountable.”

The UK High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H.E James Dauris said CPA’s work in Sri Lanka is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to working with Sri Lanka’s Parliament and Sri Lankan parliamentarians in their efforts to strengthen its institutions and foster stronger democracy.

This project forms part of CPA UK’s and Westminster Foundation for Democracy’s Parliamentary Partnership Programme (PPP) with the Parliament of Sri Lanka, and was funded from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy. (Colombo Gazette)

7 COMMENTS

  1. Hello James Dauris,

    Are you infact a United Kingdom to begin with ??
    before UK strengthen our democracy, reign in your Crime rate which has increased by 28%.

    look towards your remaining in the EU or going to gain paraiah status remaining outside it.
    Learn not to be reliant on China to prop up your economy.

  2. In the 18th century The came do business then took over the county. In the 20th century divided the people and supported the brutal civil war. In the 21st century they come as leaders of democracy and human rights. You are doomed; if you don’t watch their every move and counterattack their trick. The British must be watched more than the other Westerners; because they are the people who ruled the world, and have so much experience in dividing and ruling others.

  3. In the 18th century they came do business then took over the county. In the 20th century divided the people and supported the brutal civil war. In the 21st century they come as leaders of democracy and human rights. You wil be doomed; if you don’t watch their every move and counterattack their tricks. The British must be watched more than the other Westerners; because they are the people who ruled the world, and have so much knowledge in divide and rule.

  4. I would be very sceptical letting ant Brit meddling with the issue.
    This will pave the way for MR to reclaim the power rightly so.

  5. Democracy is well & good in Sri Lanka Mr. Cameron. If the UK really wish to assist Sri Lanka you could do something to boost the economy. Not asking for handouts but the UK could increase trade and investment in the country – after all we are not seeking the billions that would have to be paid as reparation for looting the country during colonial times.

  6. The people who contribute to draft the constitution in SL, should be absolutely loving and truthful in expressing their views; rising above self, they must look with a deeper perspectivge.

    All the religions suggest love for all the people by choice and actions. A person does not become a Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or Muslim because the parents belonged to it, but he becomes one, only by practicing its spiritual principles.

    SL is a democracy. ALL are equal. No group of people is superior. Apartheid South Africa, used the terms “Blacks”and “Whites” in the constitution for more than 40 years. For the past 68 years, the terms “Minority” and “Majority” were used in the constitution of SL.

    It is absolutely wrong to constitutionally group people to get political, economic and religious dvantage over another people. This is constitutional discriminattion.

    Let us not fool ourselves and the world. Let us humbly accept in the consttution, our shortcomings, and our desire to overcome them.

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