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Are socio-economic rights, rights?

By Amal de Chickera - Wed Apr 12, 12:23 pm

Featured image courtesy Gwenael Piaser/DBS Jeyaraj.com

Through the ping of a tweet and a quick scan of the media, I’ve been alerted to a polarising constitutional debate in Sri Lanka. The debate is on whether justiciable socio-economic rights should be included in the new constitution. In this article, I would like to unpack and respond to some of the arguments put forward against their inclusion.

An ideological divide

There appears to be an underpinning but unspoken ideological divide, which serves as the sub-text for this entire debate. This divide is between those who consider socio-economic rights to be ‘rights’, and those who do not. Therefore, the starting point of the two arguments is very different….

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