The Bar Affiliation of Sri Lanka (BASL) has expressed robust protest on the imposition of a purported police curfew in components of the Western Province forward of the mass protests deliberate for July 09.
Issuing an announcement on this regard, the BASL’s president Saliya Peiris, PC famous that the Police Ordinance doesn’t have a provision for the imposition of such curfew, which he mentioned is “blatantly unlawful and a violation of the elemental rights of the folks of our nation who’re protesting in opposition to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his authorities over its failure to protest their fundamental rights.”
The BASL questioned the Inspector-Common of Police as to underneath what authority he declared the curfew order.
“The declaration of curfew is clearly meant to stifle the liberty of expression and dissent,” the BASL identified.
Imposition of police curfew is “completely unacceptable and undemocratic” and it’ll gravely hurt the nation’s economic system and its social and political stability, the affiliation defined additional.
“It is going to have an effect on Sri Lanka’s worldwide standing.”
The BASL known as upon the folks of Sri Lanka to take vital measures to safeguard their democratic rights and to make use of each peaceable means at their disposal to guard such rights.
“We name upon the Inspector-Common of Police to right away withdraw his unlawful order.”
The affiliation went on to notice that failure to withdraw the purported curfew order may have severed penalties for the nation.
The police chief declared a curfew in Negombo, Kelaniya, Nugegoda, Mount Lavinia, Colombo North, Colombo South and Colombo Central police areas with impact from 9.00 p.m. on July 08 till additional discover.