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Police Ordinance cannot be used in violation of fundamental rights: HRCSL

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has informed the Public Security Minister to advise the Inspector General of Police that the Police Ordinance cannot be used in a way that affects the articles of the Constitution that ensure fundamental rights.

HRCSL Chairperson Rohini Marasinghe has informed this in a letter to the Public Security Minister.

The letter says that the Police Ordinance should not be used in a way that affects articles 14 (1) a, b of the Constitution.

The right of every citizen to freedom of speech and expression including the freedom of peaceful assembly has been ensured in these articles of the Constitution.

In the letter, the HRCSL Chairperson has emphasised that the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Act has assigned the power to the HRCSL to recommend necessary guidelines for the implementation of the country’s legal and administrative activities in accordance with international human rights laws and standards.

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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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