Centre for Policy Alternatives on 28 June, 2007

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. Minister of Defence (218/07)

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On 28th June 2007, The Centre for Policy Alternatives, filed a Fundamental Rights petition     (SC FR 218/2007) challenging the continued inability to access private property in “Muttur (East) Sampur High Security Zone’’ and Gazette Extraordinary No 1499/25 of 30th May 2007 which demarcated properties in Sampur as a “High Security Zone” and No 1467/03 published on 16th October which had declared as a Licensed Zone under section 22A of the BOI Act No.4 of 1978.

The demarcation of High Security Zones in Sampur, constitutes an infringement and imminent infringement of fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 12(1), 12(2), 14(1) (g) and 14(1) (h) of the Constitution.

CPA’s position was that many of the civilians owning land in the High Security Zone are Tamil citizens, and that they are wary of the establishment of the High Security Zone particularly in view of recent directives by high ranking Government officials of the Defence establishment to eliminate the presence of Tamils from the North and East and from certain parts of Colombo.

The leave to proceed was refused and the application was dismissed on the view that the application is misconceived.

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