FR petition filed against roadblocks in Colombo


A Fundamental Rights (FR) petition was filed before the Supreme Court today (05), seeking an order directing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other Police personnel to remove the roadblocks and any other similar barricades.

The petition was filed by Gampaha resident Shenal Jayasekara, together with the senior adviser to the Centre for Environmental Justice and Chair of Friends of Earth International, Hemantha Withanage.

The petitioners observed that sharp iron spikes and metal pieces were fixed to some of those barricades and covered with black polythene in such a way with intentions to cause injury to the general public, who are trying to participate in the peaceful protest which has been taking place at Galle Face over the last three weeks.

They added that such roadblocks violated their fundamental human rights recognised in the Constitution, by hindering free movement and obstructing public places.

’’It is well below the expected standards and amounts to unethical and/or conduct unbecoming of Police Officers and/or violative of the duties and responsibilities under the Police Ordinance and the regulations made there under,’’ the Petitioners noted.

Six respondents, including the IGP, the OIC of Colombo Fort Police, the OIC of Kollupitiya Police, the Road Development Authority, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the Attorney General were named in the Petition.