State of Emergency: HRCSL criticizes the government.decision

TRCSL summoned over the turmoil of social media platforms

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) has responded nationwide to the government’s failure to address the ongoing shortage of key items, including: in response to a protest campaign planned yesterday (03): He questioned the state of emergency. Food, medicine, fuel.

Yesterday (03) Deputy Director General of Research and Oversight Nihal Chandrasiri declared to the island without sufficient explanation of what the government really threatens national security to take such extreme steps. He said he believed it was done.

HRCSL is made up of former Supreme Court judges Rohini Marasinghe and Ven. Kalupahana Piyarathna Thera, Dr. MH Nimal Karunasiri, Dr. Vijitha Nanayakkara, Ms. Anusuya Shanmuganathan.

After discussions on the incident near President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence on Pangiriwat Road in Mirihana, HRCSL and senior management will address public dissatisfaction rather than government security measures, Mr. Chandrasiri said. He said he felt that he should concentrate on that.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed HRCSL under Article 20 of the Constitutional Amendment enacted in late October last year.

In response to another question, Chandrasiri explained that a curfew was imposed from Saturday 6 pm (02) to Monday 6 am (today, April 4) in the context of a state of emergency. Did. In addition, rallies in certain public places were also banned by special regular bulletin notices, Chandrasiri said.

According to Chandrasiri, HRCSL has also expressed concern that civilians will be denied access to social media as part of the government’s actions following the Mirihana incident. Chandrasiri said the HRCSL will meet with a senior representative of the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) tomorrow (05) to discuss the immediate issue. “The controversial issue here is whether TRCSL has contacted the Department of Defense about the sudden requirement to block social media platforms.”

HRCSL raised this issue with the announcement of the resignation of Chairman Oshada Senanayake of the Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA). Senana Yake became chairman of ICTA in August 2021.

TRCSL followed the Ministry of Defense’s advice on that point and restored the social media platform at 3:30 pm.

Senana Yake also served as Secretary of the Sri Lankan Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) and resigned from that position in December 2021.

In addition to these issues, HRCSL has also decided to summon a senior police officer captured in a slap video and a person responsible for indiscriminate attacks on several journalists.

Shortly after the incident in Mirihana, the HRCSL declared strong opposition to the legal action taken against those arrested in terms of the Parent-teacher Association (PTA). Judge Marasinghe said they should be prosecuted under the Public Property Act, if at all.

Police headquarters on Friday said arrested persons would appear in court in terms of public property and criminal law. Of the 47 detained, 32 were remanded until Monday (04) and the rest were released on bail.

Of the 47 people taken in, 21 appeared in front of Justice of the Peace Gango Dawilla, 15 were released on bail on Friday, and 6 were remanded until Monday, police said. The other 26 people who were admitted to the ward at the Carbowilla Teaching Hospital and the Colombo National Hospital were remanded by a justice of the peace after visiting them. State of Emergency: HRCSL criticizes the government.decision

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