|Vasu welcomes lifting of
Lifting of the Emergency Regulations will
make opportunities available for the exercise of a
large number of civil rights of the general public
and it will not be possible to suppress the
authority of the judiciary to enforce such laws,
says Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of National
Languages and Social Integration.
Issuing a statement on the lifting of the Emergency
Regulations, Nanayakkara said:
“It is rare for a government to lift the emergency
rule enforced by it even though the situation which
warranted it has become normal once again.
Emergency Law is the suspension of the ordinary law.
A large number of regulations could be enforced or
removed from time to time under the emergency law.
Since the emergency regulations, which are enforced
are published in ordinary gazette notifications, it
is very difficult for the general public to find
However, what is important is that administrative
functions could take place under the ordinary law
from the day the emergency was lifted.
One could argue that the Prevention of Terrorism Act
(PTA) is still in force. In any case the PTA, unlike
the emergency law, is more specific and more
limited. It is also subject to the supervision of
the judiciary. The more significant result of
lifting of the emergency law is the opportunity it
will provide to a group of detainees amounting to
6,000 in camps to get their release.
It will no longer be possible to suppress the rights
of the general public and the working class to
display posters, carry out protests and organise
rallies, etc. All those who value democracy feel
satisfied with this situation.
On the other hand, the vociferous uproar made by the
imperialist forces that the current regime is
undemocratic will become baseless.
This could be regarded as yet another measure taken
by the President to fulfill the promise to bring
prosperity to the people of Sri Lanka by defeating
terrorism and ensuring freedom and democracy.
Also it is anticipated that the ‘Grease Devils’ as
well as other devils who terrified the people of the
North and East will vanish with this measure.
Therefore, it is our firm belief that positive
measures based on democracy will be taken by the
President as well as the UPFA Government which will
safeguard the current administration.”