Tuesday, 16 July, 2019

Sri Lanka lifts Emergency after normalcy return in Island

Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency Sri Lanka lifts Emergency after normalcy return in Island
Patty Aguilar | 18 March, 2018, 23:12

The State Of Emergency which was declared in Sri Lanka, on the 6th of this month has been removed effective from today. The emergency was imposed for the first time after the civil war.

President Sirisena acting in terms of section 2 of the Public Security Ordinance, on March 6 declared an island-wide state of emergency for a period of ten days after communal clashes between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community in the central hills escalated.

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Maithripala Sirisena said improvements in the security situation prompted him to end the emergency, under which security forces and the police had sweeping powers to detain suspects.

The State of Emergency in Sri Lanka comes almost after 7 years. The country was under a state of emergency for almost three decades when the government fought Tamil rebels LTTE in the civil war that ended in 2009.

Sri Lanka, a Buddhist-majority country has seen an increase in violence against the Muslim community over the past year, fuelled by some nationalist Buddhist groups.

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