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Curfew Illegal: Sumanthiran Urges Human Rights Commission To Intervene

President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran has today urged the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to advise the government on the need to rectify and regularise curfew imposed without any further delay.

M.A. Sumanthiran PC

Sending a letter to the HRCSL Sumanthiran said: “Thus, the present “curfew” has not been legally imposed, however desirable and necessary it may be. In fact, it is all the more important that the restrictions on the freedom of movement be properly and legally prescribed and enforced given the grave need for such in the present context and the need for certainty in this regard.”

We publish below the letter is full:

M. A. Sumanthiran, B.Sc., LLM President’s Counsel

3rd May 2020

The Chairperson and other members of The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka,

Colombo 4.

To: Madam Chairperson and other members,

Imposition of “curfew”

I write this in the public interest.

However, at the outset I must declare my “interest” in a related matter. I appear as Counsel in the Nugegoda Magistrate’s Court in Case No: B/1454/20 for Mr Ranjan Ramanayake, former Member of Parliament. In the course of my submissions made to court on 20th April 2020, I took up the position that no curfew has been declared in the country in terms of any applicable law. Having recorded my submission in this regard and while granting bail to my client, the learned Magistrate very specifically held that he was not making a determination as to the legality of the curfew at this point in time. It is pertinent to note that my client has not been accused of violating any curfew.

An island-wide “curfew” was declared from 6pm on 20th March 2020 and announced to the country by the President’s Media Division (PMD), which has virtually been in force up to now with variations in certain districts and “curfew” being “lifted” and “re-imposed” at different times in different places.

I am of the opinion that restricting movement is desirable and necessary at this time in our country in order to meet the challenge presented by COVID-19. There is no gainsaying that such restrictions including curfew must be imposed legally under applicable provisions of law. Insofar as I have been able to ascertain, this has not been done under any extant legal provision. Such action therefore poses a grave threat to the Rule of Law and indeed to the well-being of the people of this country.

In these circumstances I wish to draw your attention to Section 10 (c) and (d) of the Act No. 21 of 1996, by which the Human Rights Commission is empowered to advise and make recommendations to the government and urge you to kindly address this particular situation which I detail below:

Curfews in this country have hitherto been imposed by the use of Emergency Regulations after bringing Part II of the Public Security Ordinance into operation by means of a proclamation. This has not been done in the present instance.

Further, there is provision under Section 16 of the Public Security Ordinance (which comes under Part III) to impose restrictions on movements of people by making publication in the Gazette to that effect. This also has not been done.

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has noted that any restriction on the freedom of movement guaranteed by Article 14(1)(h) of the Constitution must be prescribed by law: “…[t]he right of citizens to travel on public highways and to have access to public places may only be curtailed by restrictions imposed in terms of Articles 15(6) and 15(7).” – vide Vadivelu v. OIC Sithambarapuram and others [2002] 3SLR 146.

In conclusion, Mark Fernando J. held: “There is force in the respondent’s contention that the restrictions complained of were imposed in the interests of national security, and were reasonably necessary for that purpose. However, Article 15(7) required that such restrictions be imposed by a law, or by regulations made under the law relating to public security. Accordingly, the travel pass system constitutes a restriction not authorized by Article 15(7).

I hold that the petitioner’s fundamental right under Article 14(1)(h) had been infringed by executive action by the application to him of the travel pass system”

Article 15(7) of the Constitution very specifically provides:

For the purposes of this paragraph “law” includes regulations made under the law for the time being relating to public security.

There is also the question as to whether the law relating to public security can be utilized to impose curfew for exigencies of public health hazards. But leaving that question aside, there is at present no regulation made even under the Public Security Ordinance.

Thus, the present “curfew” has not been legally imposed, however desirable and necessary it may be. In fact, it is all the more important that the restrictions on the freedom of movement be properly and legally prescribed and enforced given the grave need for such in the present context and the need for certainty in this regard.

Although, in view of the above, it is not necessary to discuss the regulations made under the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance, I am annexing copies of same to show that in any case, none provide for the imposing of curfew.

I trust the Commission will give due consideration to the matters raised by me in view of the very serious public importance of this issue and advise the government on the need to rectify and regularise this matter without any further delay.

In view of the public importance of this matter, I am releasing this letter to the media.

Yours truly,

M.A. Sumanthiran

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  • 41
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    Another Kadirgamer in the making!

    Its interesting to note that a person – Sumanthiran who is always accused by Pohottuwa thugs as an LTTE supporter/member is today standing on guard to safeguard the rights of civilians in the country.

    Unfortunately, “Monkey Professors” such as G.L.Pieries, Deal Dasa etc who jump from one political party to another and oppose the same Constitution that that proposed previously opposed Yahapalana constitutional changes. Its these types of “Educated Illiterate Fools” and “Puss Economic Pundits” such as Weerawansa, Gammanpilla, Kehliya, Dilan, SB, Sumathipala, Bandula Gunewardena etc who have and are ruining the country.

    I also should add that Ranil who is politically very astute is not a good leader, he is the “Biggest Traitor” of the rule of law in Sri Lanka as he has protected Rajapakse Family, Central Bank Governors Cabraal & Arjuna and Ravi Karunanayake from the grips of the law. He has also ensured by contesting the next election by not joining SJB.

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      He is young and his arguments go close that of mine/and unbiased political will.

      My respect to Mr Sumanthiran grew drastically having watched the manner he defeneded my beloved – human-lover Ranjan Ramanayaka lately. There I did not find enough words to pay my gratitude to him. Now coming colour is no good to the those who stood against RR – and having put him jail for a week – since Mr S has proved, that the curfew imposed right now in the country is out of legal provisions.

      But Eagle eye and Pascal or the like low lives make every effort to brand this gentleman as a LTTE supporter. These men really suffer from colour blindness. They are only family with two colours – black and white…

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      Sumanthiran the crooked coward, you have been sent by Tamils to fight for their rights as well as take up injustices being meted out to them. There are several illegal things that the government is doing to Tamils. Firstly government is contravening constitutional provisions in devolving police and land powers to Tamils. Have you ever taken this matter in courts, which will definitely receive a verdict in favour of Tamils. Government is occupying lands and homes of Tamils despite the end of war ten years ago. Have you ever instituted legal action to evict these agents of government so that Tamils could return to their lands. Problem is you are a coward who does not want to antagonize racists elements of Sinhalese. You are a crook for rushing to please the moderate section of Sinhalese and be their darling instead of fighting for rights of Tamils which even the so called moderate Sinhalese do not want to concede. It is time that Tamils get rid of him, as he is working for his personal agenda.

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        Further to that, there was a news item in the Tamilwin website a few days ago that, party members of TNA castigated Sumanthiran for what he did. If the news is true, then it clearly shows the treacherous nature of Sumanthiran. According to the news Sumanthiran was approached with big sum of money to defend the brother of a Muslim politician who was arrested in connection with Easter bombing and for fraudulent land acquisition. Due to the pressure exerted he had withdrawn from taking up the case. Party members had told him, do you forego the principle for the sake of money and appear for a person who had done harm to Tamils in the Vanni. They told him if you are appearing for free for the Muslim suspect, why have you not appeared without any fee for a single Tamil arrested under PTA. Recently he tried to smuggle in candidates who are his catchers sidelining those who had served Tamils for a long time, which attempt was thwarted by strong opposition from members. He took Tamils for a ride for five years without any result, but at every turn rushed to save the corrupt and covertly racist UNP regime. This is why he cannot step into Australia, Canada, France or UK as Tamils there do not want him.

      • 6
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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        “Have you ever taken this matter in courts, which will definitely receive a verdict in favour of Tamils.”

        Which courts are we talking about?
        Did yo know the verdict that was given in the case of North East demerger. The case was brought by two card carrying public racists, Somawansa and Champika, Sarath Silva was the Supreme Court Judge delivered the verdict.

        ” Problem is you are a coward who does not want to antagonize racists elements of Sinhalese.”

        Racists do not need Sumanthiran to antagonize them, they do it fantastically well by themselves. The Malayali actor Mamooty’s son Dulquer Salmaan for having a dog in his film being named as Prabaharan.

        “It is time that Tamils get rid of him, as he is working for his personal agenda.”

        How would you suggest Tamils should get rid of him, like one of your greatest poet pronounced ” traitors do not deserve natural death”? Do you think you can arrange it from far, far, far away planet?

    • 10
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      Buddhist1,
      Do not insult Mr. Kadiragamer who is highly respected by Sinhalayo by trying to put Sumanthiram into the same category as Mr. Kadiragamer.
      Sumanthiram is accused as a separatist who oppose a ‘Unitary State’ and want to have a Federal State for the descendants of ‘Para’ people in Yapanaya brought to Sinhale by colonial rulers after LTTE led by Prabhakaran who received support from some Demala politicians failed to achieve their dreamland Eelam.
      Sumanthiram and Jayampathy ate up billions of Sinhala taxpayers’ money to draft a new Constitution with Federal features under ‘Yahapalana’ Government.

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        Eagle Eye,

        Where did Vijaya come from? Your Village? ” Para” means foreign no other meaning exists. Go and learn your history first before you comment and expose your ignorance.

        Go for a DNA test and see if your blood is pure and does not have any your so called “Para Demala/Indian” blood in you.

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          Mr Buddhist,
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          Eagle evil has never sensed it, .. nor would he ever. :: He is even poisonous than Covid 19 — SARS COV2 virus.
          .
          Ironically the kind of men wear loads of PIRITH NOOLE around them. These people are a curse to humanity.
          .

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        Eagle Eye Bp; if you re not reborn, you the kind of ilk should have been aware that former govt brought thought independent commissions.

        Imagine, if there had been no such commssions where would have guys have been ? For sure, many would have been dead, since BP Rajaksehs would not care much about the safety of the people but their 2/3 mandate.

        No matter any youth would have been hurt, but Bp’s family would have placed above the nation.

        I dont wish anyone that hard punishments, but I have no such forgiving to RAJAPAPKSHES: They are born mlechcha BPs that would loot to the core, even if the destitute would die starving.
        :
        I am not sure you EE would have brains to see it, but even my dog nodds down her head when talking about the abusive Raja pakshes and their brutal rule.

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        Eagle Blind Eye

        “Do not insult Mr. Kadiragamer who is highly respected by Sinhalayo by trying to put Sumanthiram into the same category as Mr. Kadiragamer.”

        Sinhalayo can be brought/bought to respect any Tom, Dick and Harry. Look at the terminator members of Clan, Ranaviruses, Assgirias, saffron brigades, ……….. who are thought to command loads of respect (and by the way they voted for eight measures of free rice from the Moon). It’s no wonder why Sinhalayos respected Kadiragamer. If Sinhalayos had loads of respect for him, why didn’t he contest any elections? Even the so call respected Kadiragamer couldn’t make it to the top instead he had been bumped off in a high security zone.
        What a pathetic callous lot.

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        Kathirkammar was a bullshit and Sinhalese always love these Tamil traitors who did their bidding. This traitor for his own selfish ambition and power , lied to the world and created immense harm to his own people. Finally he was killed by the very same people whom he was working for , as they felt he was becoming too big for his boots. He will always be remembered by the Eelam Tamils as a useless traitor.

    • 12
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      “Another Kadirgamer in the making! “

      I hope not. Kadirgama was a good orator but a hypocrite and opportunist who always looked for the limelight. He wanted to be PM and that’s where he made the mistake. He was will guarded and there was no way in hell that LTTE could have pulled that.
      Anyway Karma is a bitch and he got what he deserved,

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        “He was well guarded and there was no way in hell that LTTE could have pulled that”. Absolutely right. He was killed by assassins arranged by a strongman in the then government as Kadirgamar was a threat to him for the post of President. Chandrika Kumaratunga is at fault for letting off the criminal. Life of an innocent gardener was sacrificed for this cover up.

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          There is more than a little flaw in this reasoning.
          Making K prime minister was seen by some as an option.
          But K had little clout within the government despite being a capable foreign minister.
          In what way was K a threat to anyone aiming for the post of President?

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    Thanks, Mr M. A. Sumanthiran,
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    This is all true, and all simple common sense.
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    However, see what a to-do there has to be where the Law is concerned. You have got to get yourself into a wig, although you have hair enough, have legal tomes as background (you must have dipped into some, but you couldn’t possibly have read them all). I’m sure that the magistrate is a decent guy, but you have to refer to him as “the learned Magistrate”, although you are probably more erudite than him.
    .
    So much of this is because Gota (who pretended that there was no citizenship issue, when there probably was a huge problem there which Mahinda Deshapriya managed to “shape”), wants to stampede us into voting without knowing what we’re doing. If Gota & Co. stop acting in this way, all the verbiage that we also spew will not be necessary.

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      Mr SM,

      hope you are keeping well. My allergies became even more hurtful knowing that BP Eagle Eye is back to life. I did not enjoy myself with shadenfreude but made mind up that we would not hear his kind of racial remarks again on this forum. I can just tolerate a young man behaving so, but I cant let an early octagenarian such as Eagle Eye to continue so… during my younger days, I left home once yelling at my father as ” rathalaya”. Later, he got to know that I did nt mean to put him down but having seen the way he treated the servants, by looking down upon them.
      :
      You please always take good care of you Mr… we live out of the country but Rajaakshe underground net works are everywhere, and they could attack you anytime soon. So please take good care of you.
      :
      Though I am born buddhist, my respect towards the christianty grew rapidly during this CORONA crisis. I will write you more about that next days. Mr Please take good care of you.. Eat well – go for a walk and be strict with all the precautionary actions as the medical professionals ask you to do. We in Germany – with recovery rate turning to 75% as of today- they are warning of a second wave. I don tthink that there will be one, but not having reliable literiture about the new develpments across the globe – we cant say that there would NOT be either.

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      Mr. Mrs. Sinhala_Man,
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      What “citizenship issue” you idiot.
      /
      # Sri Lankan courts decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
      # Election commission decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
      # Department of Immigration & Emigration decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
      # Department for Registration of Persons decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
      # Government of US decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
      /
      And…. Finally….
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      # Sri Lankan people declared that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship and elected him as our president.
      /
      And….
      /
      Who the hell are you calling him “”pretended that there was no citizenship issue””
      /
      Get lost you fool.

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        Idiot Chaminda Pasqual,
        I called you idiot because you call others as idiot. First learn the Buddhist Sinhalese culture or human culture.Have you seen Nandasena Gotabaya’s name anywhere in the list issued by US on those who have been come out of US citizenship. First question why he lost his Srilankan Citizenship in the past?

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          Mr. Ajith.
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          I don’t call someone an idiot just because they called others idiots.
          I call someone an idiot only because he is an IDIOT.
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          They didn’t have any issue with GR’s citizenship when he was carrying arms and risking his life for the country for twenty long years.
          /
          They didn’t have any issue with GR’s citizenship when he was Deputy Commandant of the Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy training countries elite.
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          They didn’t have any issue with GR’s citizenship when he was risking his life as permanent secretary of the ministry of defense spearheading the war against LTTE.
          /
          And
          you are an idiot because you don’t know how someone can renounce a US citizenship.
          you have to go to the embassy in Colombo and swear an oath…
          It says that the renunciation happens if this is accepted and approved by the State Department.
          Then they will issue what is called a certificate of loss of nationality of the United States.
          If you want call and ask Mr. Philip J. VanHorn – Chief of the Consular Section of the US embassy. The person who signed GR’s certificate of loss of nationality.
          And for the list you are asking……. you can put it where it belongs. We don’t care.

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            Idiot Pascal,
            Do you know how the former defence secretary under Mahinda prepared a false passport to Kauna amman to travel illegally to UK?
            Faking signatures are part and partial of Mahinda regime

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              Mr. Ajith,
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              This is who you are Ajith. So stop bullshitting….
              \
              Ajith – May 15, 2013 on
              https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-cage-by-gordon-weiss/
              /
              “”I agree with Nakeeran that Tamils lived more happily under the LTTE controlled area than in Wallawatte or anywhere else.””
              “”There is no secret that Tamils supported and continue to believe that LTTE fought for the freedom of Tamils.””
              \
              No need explaining. The words speak for themselves.

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          A
          You say: “I called you idiot because you call others as idiot.”
          Then you should call quite a few commentators idiots. And you may not always be wrong.

      • 3
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        Pasqual aka Dr ASSKISSER of Rajapkashe clan@
        Today it is becoming clear, that BPs have ruined this country again. It took not even 6 months. Not a single step taken by them are to be named as normal – and compliant to any good systems that the previous govt introduced to the nation. Be it regarding distribution of 5000 bucks or free rations, they behave as if they belong to their pvt properties.
        :
        Even those election commission is misled by them for taking the norminations for the upcoming election: Now there are rumours those nominations could not be valid anymore.

        Today, BPs a crook family has taken over the role of monarchy of this nation… even if we were until lately called as the oldest democracy in the asia.
        :
        The days ahead of us – will definitely be a period where almost everyone start to hate RAJAPAKSHE circles.

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        Go through all this you knave, Pasqual.
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/was-the-presidential-election-free-and-fair-when-colombo-returning-officer-called-sajith-premadasa-the-son-of-a-donkey-asks-prof-hoole/
        .
        If you want to talk about serious matters, stop being puerile.
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        Please keep announcing that it is your idea of wonderful humour to call a man Mister and Missis.
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        Such imbecility is just incredible.

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          Mr. Mrs. Sinhala Man,
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          So….
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          You are trying to get away from the tropic “Citizenship issue” where you tried to bullshit CT readers…..
          And….
          Divert the attention to another bullshit……
          OK.
          /
          First – You are highlighting an article written by a person who publically wanted to “”potentially make GR stateless”.
          \
          And that person works as one of the commissioners.
          /
          And that same person wanted to say election is not fair because Colombo returning officer once shared a FB post.
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          You can’t see the irony….?
          /
          And…..
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          Damaso G. Magbual – Chairman of ANFREL himself answered your question by saying “That is not cheating. That is election propaganda.”
          /
          And…..
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          PAFFREL by saying “can be described as the most peaceful and free election held since 1982”
          /
          And….
          \
          European Union Election Observation Mission – “The election campaign and process have unfolded in an overall peaceful environment”
          “confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms”
          “Preliminary findings indicate that the fundamental freedoms and rights of the citizens of the country have largely been respected”
          /
          Being puerile and imbecilic you are trying to confuse opinions with facts.

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            I think it is very unfair Pasqual, to attack Mr Sinhala Man this way. He is a retired a school teacher who has always been fair to everyone so far. If you have some respect towards the real good natured, dignified people, stop abusing your wording here. Thank you. Sure, with your mentality, it would not be easy, but please give it a try !

            Greetings from Sunny Berlin.

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    Well done Hon. Sumanthiran.

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    Every legal action taken by an efficient Tamil or Mulsim Lawyer is considered by the Singhala government as a war against Singhal Buddhist government. Thye wants to violate Rules in the Constitution and Judiciary and have their own way using COVID18 Epidemic. When will the Singhal rural masses realize the BIG mistake made by the GOTA government to build a Family dynasty? Every action a Tamil or Mulsim profesionals is linked with LTTE or Sharon’s Easter attack. The real culprits in Easter attack are Sirisena and Ranil

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      “The Real culprits in Easter attack are Sirisena and Ranil”. Also include Rajapakse brothers Mahinda and Gota and also Ruwan Wijewardena. Sirisena is the first suspect because without his knowledge and consent this would have not happened. What was said by defence secretary that they knew about it but thought that it will be a small one and also behaviour of Sirisena by leaving the country at the correct time and not returning back immediately when informed despite there being seats available in flights from Singapore strongly suggest his involvement. It is common for a criminal to leave the scene of crime after organizing it as an alibi to cover him. The people who benefited by the crime are Rajapakse brothers. Announcing candidature soon after the attack even before people could recover from the shock is a good point to implicate Gota. Mahinda tried to illegally wrest control of government in October and failed, and had tried again to topple the government by causing uncontrollable rioting against Muslims. Both Ranil W as Prime minister and Ruwan Was deputy minister of defence, though they claim to have no knowledge of it, are not telling the truth. When a minor minister Harin Fernando knew about it being told by a CID officer, it is hardly possible to believe that Ranil and Ruwan would not have got the tip off from any CID officer who is sympathetic to UNP. Ranil W wanted it to happen to take the pressure off from Geneva about accountability to war crimes and reconciliation. Kumara Welgama told that all members of parliament including those in JVP knew about it, which was not contested by anyone of the MPs. This is why Cardinal and Catholic church members have voiced concern that real culprits will not be punished.

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    MR.SUMANTHIRAN please keep in mind as to what is taking place against human right lawyer MR.HISIBULLA.The majority singlalese do not understand that you are doing this as a lawyer but they always look at you as a tamil who is doing this for the benefit of tamils.as far as tamils are concerned whether this curfew in force is legal or illegal is not the question?PLEASE LEAVE THIS MATTER TO THE SINGALA MODAYAS TO SORT OUT AND KILL EACH OTHER AND THING ABOUT YOUR SAFETY IS AT MOST UNDER THE CURRENT RULERS OF THE LAND.

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      “As far as Tamils are concerned whether this curfew in force is legal or illegal is not the question”. Absolutely right. Today at the meeting with Mahinda, Sritharan MP told him about harassment being done to Tamils at various check points from Elephant pass to Vauniya, but after passing Vavuniya there were no check points. This shows that Government is treating Tamils differently from Sinhalese. Is it to prevent Corona virus spreading or else to cause inconvenience to Tamils. Also at the same meeting Nirmalanathan MP told Mahinda that Army is conducting a survey about paddy lands owned by Tamils. If there was a shortage of rice in the country why no survey of paddy lands owned by Sinhalese done and Tamils singled out. Is there a plan to take over lands owned by Tamils and hand them to Sinhalese. People are also complaining that Sinhalese with Corona infection are being quarantined in the north and east and not in their respective provinces. Is this to spread the disease among Tamils. People who are elected by Tamils should fight against injustice done to Tamils rather than poke their heads into other matters for cheap publicity.

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    If we really appreciate what M A Sumanthiran is doing, we should demand other PCs to stand for justice and rule of law.

    Shamefully another set of lawyers are asking to BASL not to stand for ensuring the rule of law over the arrest of its own member and who has been held on custody without any respect to rule of law, without producing before the court of law.

    Also, those PCs stand for dictators and betray the rule of law may get benefits from dictators, but they too will go to grave when they die with full of shame and indignity.

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    Paragon.

    Perhaps Lawyer Sumanthiran may do well to reflect on your comment.
    Even the children of Lakshman Kadirgamer, in a write-up in the CT, a few years ago raised their doubts about the assassination. By now they may be convinced that the LTTE it self took the credit for the job to boost their morale amongst their supporters when someone else did the dirty work, which they were trying like hell, but could not penetrate the tight security cordon!

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    My personal encounter with Mr. Sumanthiran tells me that he is a mirror image of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakshe.

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    Counsel Sumandiram raises several good points here. We have come through decades of living under the Prevention of Terrorism Act which enabled curfews to be imposed whenever and wherever they were deemed necessary. The curfews were legal, as were the security measures that had to be taken. We are no longer under the PTA. There has to be some legal mechanism that can be invoked to deal with peace time emergencies like this bug. At the time of the tsunami, but we had a president who drove the cabinet and parliament into action. In the month of January 2005, one piece of legislation after another was passed to make it possible to meet the needs of the tens of thousands of traumatised and displaced. The army cleared roads and put in Bailey Bridges where necessary. And so on and so on. Everything was ad hoc and driven by the president and clearly visible need. We have a pretty good idea how to deal with disaster. We need legislation that can be brought to bear in peace time emergencies. Mr. President: please facilitate same.

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    Sumanthiran, in my view, is someone who should be in the Ranil faction of the UNP.
    His loyalty to US imperialism is fairly clear.
    I am no admirer of his politics.
    But those cannot deny him the credit due for his recent bold moves, which not many would dare to even imagine.
    The man should be defended when he deserves to be defended against forces of fascism.

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