President of the National Movement for a Just Society, Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya emphasized that the current laws of the country are quite adequate to enforce one country-one law.
He pointed out that justice and fairness would prevail in the country while democracy and the fundamental rights of the people would be protected if the government doesn’t influence the police, the public service and the judiciary.
Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya expressed his views at a media briefing, organized by the National Movement for a Just Society in Colombo on Wednesday (17) where he further stated
Sri Lanka today is greatly affected by the rising numbers of Covid-19 patients, and the deaths that have occured due to natural disasters such as floods and landslides. In addition, the people are being forced to queue for long hours to obtain essential items such as food, gas, sugar and milk powder as a result of shortages directly linked to failures in management of the current government.
Therefore, it is evident that the lives of the Sri Lankan people today are in complete disarray. They are disappointed and disillusioned as the government has failed to resolve these issues despite receiving unlimited powers through the 20th Amendment and securing a 2/3 majority in the Parliament.
Meanwhile, the Government's unplanned implementation of the organic fertiliser policy has only further exacerbated the situation. The yield of many crops have drastically reduced not only due to the lack of fertiliser but also a decision made by farmers to halt cultivation until a solution is reached. Experts have already predicted that reduction of the yield by around 40 per cent is probable in the near future while farmers have put down the significant price increase of vegetables to the lack of fertiliser in the country. The lack of any relief on the rising cost of living in the recent budget has also caused great concern among the public. However I will refrain from elaborating on the budget as positive as well as negative views on the budget have already been expressed both in and out of Parliament.
However, it must be noted that the failure to include a methodology to compensate for the reduction in yields caused by the fertiliser crisis, and the failure to come up with a solution to the crop failure caused by the human-elephant conflict in the budget is a serious oversight. Nevertheless, we hope that the government will fulfill its promise to provide compensation to the farmers.
We strongly believe that all challenges can be overcome with good management by focusing on the above mentioned factors. Please note that these are not unreasonable criticisms but the ground realities that must be understood by the authorities.
But what is more concerning are reports of attempts to destabilize and destroy the country by creating serious ethnic and religious conflicts. Just a few days ago, there were reports of a bomb attack on a mosque. It is evident there is an ulterior motive underlying this incident.
Just last week, Muslim, Christian and Hindu clergy, including Sri Lanka's most revered Bhikkus who saw the foreshadowing of a catastrophe, convened a conference to discuss the steps to be taken to protect the country. Many eminent intellectuals representing civil society organisations also participated in this event.
A statement issued at the end of the conference in agreement of all parties stated :
“We, as Sri Lankan citizens, while respecting all ethnicities and the religious identities to which they belong, in the face of the national responsibility to nurture in society as a whole the vision and courage needed to defeat any extremist evil force that seeks to undermine coexistence and well-being between those ethnicities and religions, urge the people of Sri Lanka to recognise the need to act decisively and come forward with a positive vision to defeat the evil forces that is raising its head with racist and religious narrow views based on political and other interests.
By signing this on November 3, 2021 in Colombo we pledge our commitment to build our motherland as a free, peaceful and prosperous nation and thereby bestow a better country for our future generations."
We reiterate the need to safeguard national, religious unity and democracy because a country where racial and religious differences as well as political divisions exist, in which democracy has been destroyed, has no future.
In recent times, the government has shifted their focus to the ‘One Country, One Law’ policy. However, recent events have made it evident that one law exists to protect the powerful while another law exists to oppress the downtrodden. While these are being done overtly, the vast majority of people today have come to understand this reality.
We have on several occasions raised the issue of former MP Ranjan Ramanayake not receiving a presidential pardon. Not only is his career being destroyed he has also fallen ill, according to reports of him being transferred to the Magazine Prison as a result of his ill health. Pardoning Ranjan Ramanayake similar to how large scale criminals were pardoned would also be an ideal example for the enforcement of the ‘One Country, One Law’ policy.
As we have mentioned before, the existing laws, rules and regulations are quite sufficient to implement the government’s ‘One Country, One Law’ policy.
Justice and the rule of law can be expected in the country if the police, the public service and the legal sector are not politically influenced. Democracy will be protected. People will be assured of their fundamental rights.
It should be noted that incidents to the contrary will only bring disrepute to the Government and the President.
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