BASL files FR applications over current economic situation

BASL files FR applications over current economic situation

March 25, 2022   12:51 pm

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) today filed two fundamental rights (FR) applications with the Supreme Court on the ongoing economic crisis.

The FR applications, filed by BASL President Saliya Peiris PC, Deputy President Anura Meddegoda PC, Secretary Rajeev Amarasuriya, Treasurer Rajindh Perera and Assistant Secretary Pasindu Silva, seek a court order directing the Cabinet of Ministers to provide solutions for the current economic situation in the country.

The Attorney General, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Central Bank Governor, Secretary to the Treasury, secretaries to several ministries, the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation have been named as the respondents.

The petitioners claimed that their fundamental rights under Articles 11, 12(1), 13(4), 14(1)(g), 14(1)(h) and 14A of the Constitution are being violated or are in imminent danger of infringement by the actions and/or inaction of the state including the respondents.

They also stated that the country is at present witnessing long queues for the purchase of essential supplies, mass protests and public unrest due to acute shortages and the sharp increase in the cost of goods and services including food, fuel and travel costs.

The petitioners complain that Sri Lanka is currently facing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis, resulting in acute shortages of fuel, electricity, LP gas, food, milk power and medicines.

They went on to note that they are compelled to come into court due to severe shortages in essential goods and services, that are considered vital for the survival and existence of the citizens of the country in whom is guaranteed the fundamental right to equality, equal protection of the law and the right to life under the constitution.

They stated that, in view of the growing unrest and public protests witnessed across the island, they fear that there is a substantial, real and grave threat of a breakdown in the law-and-order situation of the country and a substantial threat to the Rule of Law, which should be addressed through timely and proportionate measures within the legal framework of the country.

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