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Plan to track vehicle movements, a HR violation!

A radio frequency tracking system for vehicles is a blatant violation of human rights and laws on privacy, says former commissioner of the Human Rights Commission Dr. Pratibha Mahanamahewa.

The plan by the Department of Motor Vehicle to introduce this system will be damaging to privacy and harmful to personal
security, he says.

It is completely against the 1948 international charter on human rights and the 1966 civil and political rights charter, both ratified by Sri Lanka.

This can be challenged in courts under the law of delict, he said.

Such vehicle tracking is permitted by law to monitor the movements of criminal or a suspect in a court case only, says Dr. Mahanamahewa.

The judicial opinion on privacy has been made clear in the Chandrika Kumaratunga vs. Sinha Ratnatunga case, he says.

Persons who formulate laws of this nature do not know the country’s constitution or the law, he charges.

The RMV plans to introduce this system for newly-registered vehicles first, to allow the police, RDA and certain other institutions to monitor the movement of vehicles.