The Right to Development (RTD) is a new and highly contested right. Its emergence is linked to the demand for a ‘new international economic order’ by developing countries. Composite in nature and integrating civil and political rights with economic, social and cultural rights, the RTD approach underscores participation, a fair sharing of benefits, transparency and non-discrimination. The present volume explores the theoretical and practical aspects of RTD as an alternative to existing approaches to development. It brings together the reflections and insights of some of the finest scholars on the specific aspects of RTD.

The Right to Development in Sri Lanka

The right to development in Sri Lanka
GodfreyGunatilleke

Introduction

The concept of the right to development as the right to a continuous improvement in the standards of living and the progressive realisation of all human rights provides a valuable framework for the analysis and evaluation of the process of development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka presents a special case for the study and analysis of the Right to Development (RTD). Some of the essential elements in the right to development such as access to health care, universal primary education and adequate nutrition were already realised in large measure in the first three decades after independence. Average life expectancy which was in the region of 42 years in the mid-1940s had reached ...

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