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III. Governance issues

Open government

A Freedom of Access to Official Information Bill 2003 is awaiting cabinet approval.1

International obligations

Sri Lanka became a member of the United Nations Organization on December 14, 1955,2 and ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1980.3 Sri Lanka ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1991), and the Parliament subsequently enacted the National Child Protection Act No. 50 of 1998.4 Sri Lanka also ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1981).5 Sri Lanka became a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1948 and has since ratified 39 ILO Conventions.6