Road Block

The contentious Southern expressway’s troubles are still far from over, with the Rs. 27 bn road ending up before the UN this week. The contentious Southern expressway’s troubles are still far from over, with the Rs. 27 bn road ending up before the UN this week. The ill-fated highway went before the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) on Monday for alleged violation of fundamental rights.

A group of 40 residents from the Southern village of Akmeemana filed the petition at the UNHRC, backed by a local civil rights group called the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Akmeemana is one of the villages impacted by a deviation of the highway from its original route.

“The case was submitted to the UNHRC office on Monday. It is now up to the UN to acknowledge and proceed from here,” said the spokesperson for the Foundation.

The petition also requests interim measures to prevent the acquisition of land for the highway.

The Southern highway had already done the judicial circuits locally, before ending up at the international courts this week.

In January this year, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court ruled