BASL condemns ‘blatantly illegal’ curfew


The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has condemned the police curfew imposed hours ahead of the public protests due to take place tomorrow (09).

Issuing a statement, the BASL questioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Wickremeratne’s authority when imposing such curfew, as “the Police Ordinance does not have a provision for the imposition of such curfew”.

Deeming the curfew as ‘blatantly illegal and a violation of fundamental rights of the people’, the BASL raised concerns that the failure to withdraw the police curfew ‘will have severe consequences for the country’.

A police curfew was declared at 09:00 PM today (08), in Nugegoda, Mt. Lavinia, Kelaniya and Negombo and the North, South and Central divisions of Colombo.