Colombo Telegraph

Lawyer’s Collective Wants Harassment Of Lawyers Immediately Stopped!

By Lawyers Collective

Lawyers’ Collective has been following the incidents of harassment and threats on lawyers,  who actively challenged the  unconstitutional impeachment of the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. As previously disclosed several lawyers, senior and junior,  have come under threats. Series of incidents of surveillance on the lawyers were also reported in Colombo as well as outside.

Lakshan Dias

Mr. Lakshan Dias a well known human rights lawyer and activist who was a leading figure in the anti- impeachment activities has come under strict surveillance making his life  vulnerable for physical attacks. He had also  been followed by a white van,   which incident has been reported to the Moratuwa Police on 25th February 2013, under reference CIB-1- 232/442.

We remind the Government of its constitutional duty to protect and respect  the citizen’s right to dissent and to  engage in critical governance activities. The lawyer’s struggle was a discharge of their
constitutional duty to protect independence of judiciary, which they will continue to do, despite threats.

The Lawyers’ Collective  therefore urges the Government to investigate into these incidents and  ensure that the Lawyers, who have stood up against the illegal impeachment of the highest judicial officer of the Country,  will not be subjected to any further intimidation.

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