Pressure Mounts On Health Services Director General To Step Down In The Wake Of Recent Police Arrests

Several civil organisations have demanded he resignation of Health Services Director General Asela Gunawardena over the recent controversy on arresting protestors using quarantine laws.

Making a speech in Parliament, Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera said the arrests were made following a directive issued by the Health Services Director General.

Although those who were arrested were granted bail by the court, they were taken to state-run quarantine centres for mandatory quarantine.

The government's use of quarantine laws to suppress public protests has become a serious human rights concern in the country.

Three opposition MPs - Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Mayantha Dissanayake and Harshana Rajakaruna - have filed three FR petitions against using quarantine laws to ban public protests.

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