Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 March, 2011

Mariyathas Basilraj Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksha SC FR 387/2011 – and other Navaanthurai Fundamental Rights Applications – SC FR 387, 388, 389, 394, 391,396,395,407,408, 399, 397, 398, 402, 405, 406, 400, 401, 384, 385, 392, 393, 414/2011

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CPA supported lawyers and human rights organisations in Jaffna to collect information relating to the incident in Navaanthurai, Jaffna District on 22nd and 23rd August 2011 where around 100 civilians were assaulted by the Sri Lanka Army and police. Further, support was provided for lawyers in Jaffna to draft papers to be able to file Fundamental Rights Petitions in the Supreme Court in September 2011.

The Petitioners are residents in Naavanthurai and filed Fundamental Rights applications in light of the assault and arrest in Jaffna in August 2011. The Petitioners stated that the assaults inflicted on them and the subsequent arrests constitute infringement of the Petitioner’s Fundamental Rights guaranteed under and in terms of Article 11, Article 12(1) and Article 13(1) of the Constitution. The Petitioners also stated the violation of language rights guaranteed under Articles 22(1) and 22(2). Leave to proceed was granted by the Supreme Court in March 2012. These cases are presently before the Supreme Court and the next hearing is fixed for 15th November 2012.

On the 8th of October 2013, counsel appearing on behalf of Petitioners moved that he be permitted the indulgence of filing counter objections to the papers filed by the Respondents. The Registered Attorney for the Petitioners by way of a motion on the 29th of April 2014, requested further time to file Counter Affidavits.  This case will be taken up for argument on 24th November 2014.

Case details are as follows:

1)  Mariyathas Basilraj Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 387/2011

2)  Arumaithurai Thamilmaran Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 388/2011

3)  John Peter Jeyaninthan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 389/2011

4)  George Venijus Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 394/2011

5)  Kanthan Thavarasa Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 391/2011

6)  Murugesu Gurunathan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 396/2011

7)  Jesuthasan Sujeeevan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 395/2011

8)  Michael Milton Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 407/2011

 9)  Ramachandran Rajenthiran Vs.Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 408/2011

10) Jesuthasan Keethanjan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 399/2011

11) John Bosco Consentine Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 397/2011

12) Selvarasa Wigneswaran Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 398/2011

13) Arulappu Quinson Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 402/2011

14) Alexander Kingsly Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 405/2011

15) Perilo Sumanan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 406/2011

16) Anthonythan Anthony Jude Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 400/2011

17) Juvaraj Velorajah Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 401/2011

18) Iruthayanathan Veenas Regi Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 384/2011

19) Wilfred Appa Hildar Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 385/2011

20) Kunarasa Rasakumar Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 392/2011

21) Jesuthasan Stanislas Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 393/2011

22) Balathurai Sahayarasan Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and others, SC FR 414/2011