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Last updated: 17 July, 2007 - Published 17:21 GMT
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Sampur FR petition dismissed
CJ Sarath N Silva
Petitioners urged not to try to geopardise national security
The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka have accused human rights activists of trying to 'create news for international consumption'.

Chief Justice Sarath N Silva dismissed a Fundamental Rights petition against establishing a High Security Zone (HSZ) in Sampur.

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has quoted Defence Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and others as respondents.

Violation of Fundamental Rights

The CPA said establishing an HSZ is a violation of Fundamental Rights of the people in the recently captured regions in the east.

Nearly 15,000 residents were left homeless as a result of establishing HSZ in 90 area, petitioners said.

Heavily criticising the petition, the CJ urged the petitioners not to bring sensitive issues that affects national security to the attention of judiciary.

National security

The petitioners were also urged not to provoke Sampur residents by bringing in similar lawsuits.

The state counsel representing the Attorney General said the government is planning to resettle displaced in the region after security forces clear land mines.

The Supreme Court observed that the government should be given ample time to complete the security measures related to the area.

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