A Fundamental Rights petition was yesterday filed in the Supreme Court against the interference of a group of Army officers of the peaceful protest staged by a group of civil activists at the Galle Fort during the test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Galle Cricket Stadium.
This petition has requested a declaration that the basic human rights of the people of Sri Lanka have been violated by the Army officers who stormed the protest against the President and the Government and forcibly removed the placards held by the protesters and threatened them.
The petitioners also seek compensation of Rs.05 million from the respondents.
The petition had been filed through Attorney-at-Law Manjula Balasuriya by the petitioners, Attorneys Amaradiwakara Liyanarachchi and G.H. Ajith Kumara.The petition has cited respondents including the Commander of the Galle Fort Army Camp, the Army Commander, OIC of the Galle Police, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Galle District, the Inspector General of Police, Minister of Public Security Tiran Allles, its Secretary and the Attorney General.
The petition says that the people of this country are greatly affected by the current economic downturn and political crisis in Sri Lanka.The petition pointed out that on June 30, which was the second day of the test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia, a group of protesters peacefully displayed placards and protested the actions of the current Government and the President near the Galle Stadium.The petition alleges that the Armed Forces who stormed the protest forcibly removed the placards including themselves.
The petitioners allege that the protesters were threatened by the Army officers who acted arbitrarily despite the protesters trying not to disturb the public peace.
Although the protesters pointed out to the Army officers that they had a Fundamental Right to protest peacefully, they stated that such a move could not be made at this location.The petitioners said that they have lodged a complaint with the Galle Police regarding the incident.The petitioners are seek from the Supreme Court to rule that the basic right to freedom of expression, the basic right to free assembly and the basic right not to be subjected to brutal torture have been violated through this action of the Army officers.The petitions have also requested that the Commander of the Galle Fort Gemunu Regimental Camp and the Army Commander be issued an order to submit the names of the military officers involved in this act to the Court.