FR against Govt’s vaccination drive

Dinitha Rathnayake – themorning.lk

The Sinhala Ravaya Party filed a fundamental rights (FR) petition in the Supreme Court (SC) against the Covid-19 vaccination programme and making vaccination cards mandatory to visit public places from 15 September.

Releasing a statement in this regard yesterday (24), Sinhala Ravaya said that the people have a right to adopt an arbitrary method of survival against Covid-19, as well as the right to make its own decisions on whether or not to accept the Covid-19 vaccines.

“This is a fundamental right of the people as a whole. It should be noted that these decisions of the Government have also violated it. A person who does not have any disease or does not take any medicine should not be vaccinated by force or by intimidation such as by informing them that they are to be deprived of the opportunities that they rightfully deserve in society, should they refuse the vaccine. Vaccination should be done in a way that is acceptable to the society and it must therefore be placed for societal recognition and anyone should have the right to both accept it or not, and in the case of the latter, to, in turn, choose a method of treatment of choice. This right must be recognized by the Government as it is their duty and responsibility to do so.”

The Sinhala Ravaya Party previously filed a complaint on 16 August with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the alleged violation of human rights in connection with the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

“The country should consider a vaccination programme when there is no alternative. There is not much research done yet on the side effects of these vaccines. Also, the public should have the right to choose the vaccination. However, we can see that the Government’s vaccine process violates the human rights of Sri Lankans because they are making it compulsory,” the Party claimed at the time of filing the complaint.

The complaint also claims that it is illegal to prohibit the visiting of public places without carrying a vaccination card, as the authorities have already announced that they intend to do with regard to those above 30 years who remain unvaccinated for non medical reasons, since the Government cannot force the public to take such an action.

Meanwhile, a registered Ayurvedic doctor had lodged a complaint with the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana D. Wickramaratne urging the latter to initiate legal action against the health authorities for allegedly allowing Covid-19 infected patients to die without treating them under the Ayurvedic healthcare system. The complainant B.A. Rathnapala, a registered medical practitioner at the Ayurvedic Medical Council had made this complaint, urging the IGP to take legal action under Sections 289 (wilful omission of statutory duty) and 298 (causing death by negligence) of the Penal Code as amended, against former Health Minister and incumbent Transport Minister Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi, Primary Health Care, Epidemics and Covid-19 Disease Control State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health State Minister Sisira Jayakody, Health Ministry Secretary Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe and the Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena for allegedly causing deaths by negligence. In his complaint, Dr. Rathnapala stated that it is a criminal offence to allow infected people to die in this manner without allowing them to have local medical treatment that can prevent deaths.

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