True freedom when human dignity and spiritual liberty is attained: Sri Lanka PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka gained independence from British rule in 1948 with members of all communities living in the island working together and true freedom comes with human dignity and spiritual liberty, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an Independence Day message.

"It is an occasion for us to remember that we were only able to achieve independence with the participation of all communities coming together towards a common goal," Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.

"Freedom is fulfilled when human dignity and spiritual liberty is attained – in addition to social political and economic freedom."

A European-style unitary state with and advanced judicial and civil service reforms was set following a Royal Commission by William Colbrooke and Charles Cameron in 1822.

Sri Lanka then-Ceylon also inherited many developments in human freedom from Britain such as the universal suffrage due to the action British suffragettes, religious emancipation and also the ending of slavery due to action of British abolitionists.

A European legislating parliament with the popular vote was set up, along with a British style police and military.

A parliament could be used by either to expand freedoms value all human life equally (with a liberal philosophy), to discriminate and dehumanise (with a nationalist philosophy) or undermine property rights and economic freedoms (if there was a socialist or statist philosophy). (Colombo/Feb04/2018)

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