Fonseka to go to HRC

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is expected to file a petition at the national Human Rights Council (HRC) to regain his civic rights, sources close to Fonseka told the Colombo Gazette.

The former Army Commander lost his civic rights after he was jailed in 2010 and it was not restored after his release from prison last week.

Fonseka is expected to form an opposition coalition to campaign against the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

However by losing his civic rights Fonseka is unable to contest or vote at a future election in Sri Lanka.

The main opposition UNP has already said it will also fight to get back Fonseka’s civic rights.

Following his release from prison last week Fonseka had said he will keep his promise to free the country from corrupt politicians.

“We are not scared to face anything even in the future. Like I said before our strength cannot be suppressed by putting us in prison. We will commit ourselves to free the country from corrupt politicians like we freed the country from terrorism,” Fonseka told reporters last week. (Colombo Gazette)