@

 
   
   
   
   
   
HOME
NEWS  
NEWS FEATURES  
INTERVIEWS  
POLITICAL COLUMN  
THIS IS MY NATION  
MILITARY MATTERS  
EDITORIAL  
SPORTS  
CARTOON  
BUSINESS  
EYE - FEATURES  
LETTERS  
EVENTS  
SOUL - YOUTH MAG  
KIDS - NATION  
ENTERTAINMENT  
NATION WORLD  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

News  


 

Vasu welcomes lifting of ‘emergency’

By S. Selvakumar
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 them out.
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.”