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Govt. has disregarded people’s fundamental right to conduct peaceful protests: LfD

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The Lawyers for Democracy (LFD) an organisation that comprises legal practitioners throughout the country today said that the Government and its agents had disregarded the people’s fundamental right to conduct peaceful protests in Sri Lanka after it had tried to prevent aprotest rally organised by media groups this week and urged it to respect its constitutional obligations and commitment to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

A number of media groups held a protest near the Fort Railway Station in Colombo under the theme ‘Black January’ to highlight the challenging conditions faced by the media in Sri Lanka and to mark the death and disappearances of journalists in the month of January.

“The Constitution of Sri Lanka guarantees the freedom of peaceful assembly and all public organs of the state including the police and judiciary are expected to respect, secure and advance the fundamental rights guaranteed to its citizens,” LfD Convener Lal Wijenayake said.(Olindhi Jayasundere)
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  • Ariya Saturday, 28 January 2012 04:02 AM

    "Peaceful" protests could be made in designated areas, but not on places, where the normal citizen's rights are violated. For example, if I want to cross the square in front of the Fort railway station, I should be allowed to, even if there is a on-going protest. All citizens of Lanka should be allowed to move about, await loved ones, etc at such a place like this station, without being harassed by the noise these "protesters" make.

    Kreethi Friday, 27 January 2012 11:20 AM

    Those who born yesterday know nothing about last 30 years.

    Michael Friday, 27 January 2012 03:13 PM

    Our country needs more brave voices like this, to make a stand for those whose voices are not heard. Glad that there are atleast a handful of such gallant men and women among us.

    DeSelva Friday, 27 January 2012 11:20 PM

    our country need all of us to be brave ....not just more of the few


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