Petition against alleged ‘forced registration’

22 February 2011 06:15 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A group of TNA Parliamentarians today filed a fundamental rights violation petition seeking to stop what they called ‘forced registration’ of residents of Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts allegedly by the Security Forces.

Jaffna district Parliamentarians Mavai Senathirajah, Suresh Premachandran, Appathurai Vinayagamoorthy and Eswarapatham Saravanapavan as well as the Kilinochchi district Parliamentarian Sivagnanam Shritharan filed their petition through Attorney Mohan Balendra.

They cited Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Army Spokesman Udaya Madawala, Jaffna Government Agent Ms Imelda Sukumar and the Attorney General as Respondents.

They are seeking immediate termination of alleged forced registration and the practice of photographing and obtaining Rs 100 from residents in Jaffna and Kilinochchi, particularly the residents of the Kilinochchi district who were allegedly forced to sign forms printed and written in Sinhala.

They complain that the stigmatization through the singling out the residents of Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts from citizens of the entire country amounts to degrading treatment, especially when such singling out results in resembling the treatment of common criminals and thus amounts to a violation of the right to freedom from degrading treatment under the Constitution. (SSS)

  Comments - 9

  • Dr.Rajeev Wednesday, 23 February 2011 06:36 AM

    If this rule is applicable to all Sri Lankans then no need of creeping about it.But it is on the part of government duty is to produce the forms in the known language.of a particular population

    C0bra Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:14 AM

    Waste of breath!!!

    JJ Wednesday, 23 February 2011 07:09 AM

    Agree. Also you need to know who is living there if you want to get rid of crimes that are currently associated to no one.

    pasha Wednesday, 23 February 2011 08:07 AM

    so why we need to charge 100? why cant we do that with overnment money?

    zorro Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:40 PM

    have you been registered where ever you live and you payed 100 Rs.?

    madness Wednesday, 23 February 2011 08:17 AM

    All men are equal, its just that some are more equal than others... Thats the theme here I guess

    Fayad Wednesday, 23 February 2011 03:26 AM

    Nothing wrong getting every one registered for three decades no proper registration was done in the north.

    gg Wednesday, 23 February 2011 05:45 PM

    Let the court decide

    nalin Wednesday, 23 February 2011 11:12 PM

    Not Rs: 100 more than $200-300


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