Emergency extended in Sri Lanka by another month

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 March 2010, 10:56 GMT]
The State of Emergency was extended by another month by the Sri Lanka’s parliament Tuesday. Ninety three parliamentarians of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and its constituent parties voted for the extension and twenty parliamentarians from the main opposition United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) voted against. The dissolved parliament was summoned by Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse to ratify his gazette notification issued last week to extend the emergency. According to the Constitution, the gazette notification should be ratified within ten days.

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake moved the motion seeking the approval of the parliament to extend the State of Emergency which came into force on August 12, 2005, and being extended by the parliament every month since then.

JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti, during the debate, questioned the government why several military installations have been gazetted as detention centres recently. The eight new detention centres include the Army Headquarters, Navy Headquarters in Colombo, the Saliyapura army camp and the Panagoda camp.

"What is the need for new detention centres in the south when the war against LTTE is over?" Handunetti asked.

JVP parliamentarian asked whether detention centres are needed to detain the opposition politicians and trade unionists in the country. The emergency is being used to protect government sponsored thugs and not democratic rights, he added.

Meanwhile, Democratic Peoples Front (DPF) Leader Mano Ganeshan held a protest in the parliament premises while the debate of emergency extension was in progress, against election violence after his campaign bus was attacked by thugs in Nawalapitiya over the weekend.

 

Latest 15 Reports
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=31326