AG hit with pre-action protocol letter over mask regulation effects on socially displaced

AG hit with pre-action protocol letter over mask regulation effects on socially displaced

A group of attorneys are calling on the Attorney General to consider the effect the current ‘mask’ regulation is having on the socially displaced and destitute and make the necessary adjustments.

This after five homeless persons were ticketed and charged for failing to wear masks in the southland.

The attorneys, representing social activist Barrington Thomas, have written to Faris Al-Rawi, saying the regulations had a “grossly disproportionate and discriminatory effect” on the homeless.

In the pre-action protocol letter, sent to Al-Rawi on Sunday, attorneys Jagdeo Singh, Dinesh Rambally, Kiel Taklalsingh, Stefan Ramkissoon and Rhea Khan, said the issue surrounding the homeless was complex.

They said while they accept the regulations are necessary for the protection of the general public, it appeared that they did not contemplate the plight of those who have no private space.

They did not blame the police for enforcing the regulations, but called on the AG to subject them to Parliamentary scrutiny.

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