Read This and Never Forget


Every person is entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including the freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice. No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. All persons are equal before the law and are entitled to the equal protection of the law. No citizen shall be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, language, caste, sex, political opinion, place of birth or any one of such grounds. No person shall on the grounds mentioned above be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to access shops, public restaurants, hotels, places of public entertainment and places of public worship of his own religion. No person shall be arrested except according to procedure established by law. “Any person arrested shall be informed of the reason for his arrest.” Every person held in custody, detained or otherwise deprived of personal liberty shall be brought before the judge of the nearest competent court according to procedure established by law, and shall not be further held in custody, detained or deprived of personal liberty except upon and in terms of the order of such judge made in accordance with procedure established by law. Any person charged with an offence shall be entitled to be heard, in person or by an attorney-at-law, at a fair trial by a competent court. No person shall be punished with death or imprisonment except by order of a competent court, made in accordance with procedure established by law. The arrest, holding in custody, detention or other deprivation of personal liberty of a person, pending investigation or trial, shall not constitute punishment. “Every person shall be presumed innocent until he is proved guilty.” Every citizen is entitled to the freedom of speech and expression including publication, the freedom of peaceful assembly, the freedom of association, the freedom to form and join a trade union, the freedom of movement and of choosing his residence within Sri Lanka and the freedom to return to Sri Lanka… These are some of the fundamental rights we are given. There are others. Read again, think, and memorise.


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