Aug 11, 2011 (LBO) – Friday Forum, a Sri Lankan citizens group fighting to re-establish rule of law and liberal democracy, has raised fresh concerns about lawlessness in the island’s north after an elderly Tamil journalist was brutally assaulted.
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A 30-year war in the island’s north and east ended two year ago. Local elections were held in the area recently, which was won mainly by an opposition Tamil party.
“Weeks after local government elections in Jaffna we remain concerned about the state of democracy, protection of human rights, and the political polarisation that troubles the North in particular and the entire country in general,” the group said.
“Assaults on such democratic entitlements, especially in the post-war context, can only bode ill for national reconciliation and the future political stability of the country.”
Legal analysts have pointed out that especially after a constitution in 1972 broke the institution of permanent secretaries in ministries and a 1978 constitution brought senior officials directly under president, civil liberties and rule of law and diminished. “We unequivocally condemn the brutal assault on Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan, news editor of the Tamil-language daily Uthayan on Friday, July 29th evening,” Fr