CEJ petitions SC against glyphosate ban lift | Daily News

CEJ petitions SC against glyphosate ban lift

A Fundamental Rights petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order quashing the government’s decision to remove the orders imposed banning Glyphosate herbicides.

The petition was filed by Centre for Environmental Justice (Guarantee) Limited (CEJ), its Director and Senior Advisor Sisira Kumara and Executive Director Kankanamge Dilena through Attorney Ravindranath Dabare.

The petition has cited the Attorney General on behalf of Finance Minister, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Pesticides Registrar, Agriculture Minister, Health Minister, Director General of Health Services, Central Environment Authority, Consumer Affairs Authority and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petition says that the Government of Sri Lanka via Gazette Extraordinary No. 1894/4 of December 22, 2014 restricted Glyphosate use in five main districts 18 namely Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Moneragala, and within the Divisional Secretariat Divisions viz. Mahiyangana, Rideemaliyadda, Kandeketiya in the Badulla district where paddy is mainly cultivated.

The petitioners also claim that the orders issued in 2017 banning the herbicide Glyphosate have now been issued a gazette notification allowing their use.

The petition has pointed out that the use of glyphosate is causing severe damage to water sources. The petition has shown that there is a great prejudice to the soil and plants while fish and birds are also harmed through the use of herbicides.

Therefore, the petition seeks an interim order suspending the operation of Gazette Extraordinary No.2291/44 dated August 05, 2022 until the final determination of the application. Due to this, the petitioners have also seek an order from the Supreme Court to rule that the basic human rights of the public are being violated through the removal of the ban on Glyphosate and direct the respondents to cancel all registration in favor of Glyphosate containing pesticides and ban import, use, marketing and sell of such pesticides.

 


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