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Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today complained to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) regarding Government moves to amend the Criminal Justice Procedure Code and the Penal Code.

“We have named the Justice Ministry Secretary, Parliament Secretary and the Presidential Secretary as respondents,” BBS General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera said.  

“The government is attempting to amend these Codes while the people and government officials were focusing attention on the budget proposals. If amended the Acts will restrict the freedom of speech which had been granted through the 10th amendment to the Constitution,” he said. “We are urging the leaders of the Yahapalana Government to check the brains of the people involved in amending Act. It is a myth to think that by amending the Act, the people’s problems will be resolved.”

The Thera said the amendments would only benefit elements who spread communal and religious hatred. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • Jaya Wednesday, 16 December 2015 03:51 PM

    Is there any value given by the public to your previous attempts ???

    Lankan Wednesday, 16 December 2015 03:55 PM

    Who is talking about communal and religious hatred? Crocodiles tears

    ranjith Chandrasekera Thursday, 17 December 2015 04:07 AM

    The proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice Procedure Code and Penal Code well and truly restrict freedom of speech and entitlement to express of opinion. Media coverage exposing illegal activities of certain ethnic groups involved in deforestation and destruction of thousand acres of reserved forest would not have come to light if this amendments had taken place, few months ago. Proposed amendments foster and make possible for illegal activities to happen undercover, similar to destruction of archeological sites, claiming fraudulent ancestry ownership to land and property, and unethical religious activities. Public opinions and expressions of interest will be curtailed under these new proposal to the parliament.

    siku Thursday, 17 December 2015 10:03 AM

    Ranjith - are u a rep of BBS?


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