‘Do not use the emergency law to surpass the general law’ – HRCSL

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has condemned the use of the emergency law for the arrest of those exrecisuing their fundamental rights.

Issuing a statement, the HRCSL noted that such use of the emergency law undermines the rule of law, adding that there is no justification to charge those arrested to be produced under emergency law.

“There is a general law in the country which is enforceable to deal with these situations”, the statement read.

Thus, the HRCSL urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to produce those arrested at Galle Face earlier today (22) under the General law of the country and refrain from the unjustifiable use of emergency law and surpass the general law of the country.

“Do not use emergency law and surpass the general law of the country when producing suspects arrested today at Galle Face vicinity”, the HRCSL emphasised.