Sri Lanka: Fundamental Rights petition filed against signing of several agreements with US including MCC

In Sri Lanka, a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an interim injunction against the signing of several agreements proposed with United States including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

The petitioner claimed that these agreements would be seriously harmful to the national security and sovereignty of the country and that this is a violation of the constitution. It has named President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera as respondents.

The petition came as Prime Minister Wickremsinghe said that MCC will be signed before elections while Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed that the government should not sign the pact behind the back of the general public and the Parliament.