The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) called on protesters who have occupied the President’s House, Temple Trees, and the Presidential Secretariat to ensure that the authorities are given custody of these buildings.
BASL raised concerns on the reports of acts of vandalism at Temple Trees and the President’s House, while calling on those occupying them to ensure the protection of documents and other public properties, many of which are of archaeological significance. “We also call on them to respect the sanctity of these buildings,” they added.
“We urge all parties to continue to find solutions to the present economic and political instability in a democratic manner, through the existing constitutional framework and legal process, and to advocate for change in a manner that does not undermine the administration of justice,” BASL said.
BASL further emphasised that it is absolutely necessary that all citizens respect the Rule of Law and Constitutional Governance, adding that it is not in the best interests of our country or its people to ignore the provisions of the Constitution, which is the framework under which Sri Lanka is governed.
“Respect for the Rule of Law and to Constitutionalism is essential to protect the rights of the people of Sri Lanka and their livelihoods. BASL is deeply concerned of statements attributed to various parties including those who were part of the protest groups which appear to undermine the rule of law and Constitutional Governance in Sri Lanka,” BASL stressed.