Message from Saliya Peiris as he concludes his BASL Presidency

March 25, 2023 at 2:19 PM

The President of the BAR Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Saliya Peiris, PC has urged his colleagues to stand up against new threats emerging to the rule of law and a concerted effort being made to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

“The BASL was able to play a pivotal role in this nation’s struggle for the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. In doing so we were together able to make our profession relevant to the lives of the people and help enhance its credibility and public acceptance,” Saliya Peiris, PC said in a statement.

Saliya Peiris, PC further pointed out that in these two years, the BASL took up strong positions on many issues and where necessary sought recourse to the courts to secure the rights of the people.

“In the coming months, the Bar will need to continue to fiercely stand for the principles which are at the core of our profession and to protect the rights described in the Constitution as the intangible heritage of the people,” he urged.

Saliya Peiris, PC made the remarks in a statement to mark the completion of his tenure as BASL President, which concluded yesterday (24).

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