The Civil Society and Trade Unions’ Collective (CSTUC) yesterday (09) presented its policy reform proposals for a new Sri Lanka to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa.
The collective which brings together several civil society organizations and trade unions in the country backed the Good Governance government at the last election and has remained engaged with it through its term.
Addressing the gathering at New Townhall last evening, the Executive Director of the Right to Life Human Rights Centre Philip Dissanayake said that the proposals cover reforms for 22 important sectors in the country.
Dissanayake said that many “policies of the Yahapalana Government were created based on the suggestions of civil society. The Yahapalana government has succeeded in fulfilling our requests to a certain extent amid difficulties. We have to take forward what we were doing and that is why we are here today.”
He said the collective “will present the policy reformation proposal to Sajith Premadasa and UNF leaders. Our proposal consists of sociopolitical and economic reforms which we believe should be implemented immediately,” Dissanayake said.
The proposals include reforms such as adopting the draft constitution, strengthening the reconciliation process among people, strengthening national security, furthering the independence of the judiciary as well as safeguarding human rights, women’s rights and labour rights.
Meanwhile addressing the event, presidential candidate of New Democratic Front (NDF) Sajith Premadasa said that ensuring civil rights and democratic rights of the citizens will be given priority under his government.
“We have to further strengthen media freedom. Through our actions, we have proved that the media can criticize us. We will have to continue the reformation process which we began. If we are to protect the human resource of the country, we have to safeguard people’s sovereignty. We started this journey to build a new country and ensure that everyone in the society lives in prosperity,” Premadasa added.