Quarantine Law NOT above People’s Rights, enshrined in the constitution.

Quarantine Law NOT above People’s Rights, enshrined in the constitution.

Quarantine Law NOT above People’s Rights, enshrined in the constitution.

Written by Staff Writer

17 Aug, 2021 | 1:36 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Colombo Additional Magistrate on Tuesday (17) Lochani Abeywickrama announced in open court that the Quarantine Law should never be above the people’s right to expression, freedom of speech and to protest, that have been enshrined in the constitutions of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

She made this announcement when a case filed by the Mutuwal Police against the Propaganda Secretary of the Frontline Socialists Party was taken up in court on Tuesday (17).

The case was filed against Jagoda for violating the travel restrictions and taking part in a peaceful protest that took place in Lunupokuna, Mutuwal, which was organized by the Fisheries Community in the area noting that the X-Press Pearl disasters affected their livelihoods.

The Additional Magistrate pointed out to Sri Lanka Police that, despite having the authority to enforce the laws against COVID-19 in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Sri Lanka Police cannot use those laws to suppress the People’s Rights, enshrined in the constitution.

The case was postponed to the 14th of December.

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