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Abductors threaten the Supreme Court
We wish to bring to your notice the abduction of Ramasamay Prabhakaran, 42, who was bundled into a white van by seven men armed with assault rifles and hand guns. This was two days before a fundamental rights case filed by him was to be taken up.
Read More >> (2012-02-13)
The state propaganda machinery's role in creating a brain dead nation
Not only the content but also the style of the propaganda issued by the state media is aimed at dulling the minds and discouraging independent thought within the nation.Basil Fernando
Read More >> (2012-02-09)
Can GOSL implement LLRC recommendations?
This is the question of the day. This is raised nationally and internationally and answers contrast for different reasons. In this article, I endeavor to briefly answer this question from a governance perspective, keeping in mind the present socio-political realities in Sri Lanka.
Read More >> (2012-02-07)
Independence without justice - A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission
The 64th commemoration of Sri Lanka's independence takes place at the time when the country's justice system is in a hopeless crisis. The abuse of the judicial process for political reasons has created doubts about the independence of the judiciary itself. The government shows no will to respect the rule of law. The police and the Attorney General's Department are immersed in problems that seem to defy any kind of genuine improvement. Where is justice to be found? This is the question that everyone is asking but no one is able to provide a credible answer.
Read More >> (2012-02-04)
School going child missing after torture by principal
Mohamad Rasul (11) is a resident of No: 33/05, Palliyawatte, Poruthota, Koshshikade. Rasul was a student of Palanguthura Al-Fala School. On the 19 January after being subjected to severe torture by the principle Rasul was expelled from the school at 12.30 pm. Up to now Rasul remains missing. The officers attached to the Kochcikade Police Station is refusing to accept or investigate the complaint made by his mother.
Read More >> (2012-02-02)
Independence Day Message of Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe
In our reflections last year on the commemoration of independence we emphasised with much concern that the sixty third commemoration of our Independence can be meaningful only by creating an environment where all people alike will be able to live without fear or suspicion and without any hesitation, they will have to feel and believe that they are a valuable and a useful part of this country. Further that they need to have the freedom of expression and movement, together with all necessary background to live peacefully and independently in our country. It is now for us to evaluate our performance in the past year.
Read More >> (2012-02-01)
Police denied justice to the student who was fatally assaulted
Mr. Kaluthanthrige Jesus Deneicios Fernando (15), of No: 22/30, Asarappa Road, Asarappa Watte, Negombo was a grade 10 student of St. Peter's Central College, Negombo. On 25 August 2011, at 7 pm Jesus went to buy dinner for his home from the nearby restaurant at Periyamulla in Negombo named the Anser HotelHe was accompanied by one of his friends. When his friend wanted to park his bicycle which they used to go there, in front of the restaurant, a staff member of the restaurant refused them permission
Read More >> (2012-01-31)
In January alone 170 deaths due to road accidents and many deaths due to dengue
On January 28 alone there were 17 deaths due to road accidents. This led to the police issuing a notice that the 28th was the date on which the most number of fatal accidents had occurred. Despite of the usual claim by the police that they will take stern action against errant drivers their incapacity to control the roads was manifest when an Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) allegedly released the 22 year-old nephew of a Deputy Minister who caused two deaths and injured several other persons when he collided with three separate motorcycles. He is said to have been severely inebriated at the time.
Read More >> (2012-01-31)
Conviction under the Torture Act
On January 26, 2012, the former OIC of Polpithigama Police was convicted under the torture Act by the High Court of Kurunegala. Wijeratne, the former OIC of Polpithigama Police Station, was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment and was ordered to pay Rs. 25,000/- as compensation to Sujith Priyantha, torture victim.
Read More >> (2012-01-30)
Lawyer's rights at police stations to be gazetted
The Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that steps were being taken by the Police Department to gazette the regulations covering the rights of Attorneys-at-Law to represent their clients at police stations.Deputy Solicitor General Shavindra Fernando also moved for a three month period finalise it.
Read More >> (2012-01-30)
The Disappearance of the ‘Shrine’
Shrine of the Innocents (The Shrine), a memorial made for those lives lost in 1988-1991 massacres in the south of Sri Lanka, is being erased. I as the designer and maker of this monument thought I should record my thoughts on this DIS]APPEARANCE of the Shrine, which in a way, is actually a [RE] APPEARENCE of a monument which is much more relevant, and symptomatic of the civil and political society of Colombo| Sri Lanka or of Sri Lanka in general.
Read More >> (2012-01-30)
UNHRC Wants SL to Investigate and Prosecute “Murderers” of Peiris By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene
The continuing failure of Sri Lanka’s institutions of justice is well demonstrated in the most recent Views of the Geneva based United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN Committee) calling upon the Sri Lankan State to effectively investigate and prosecute the murderers of a small time businessman in Negombo after he, his wife and their two children had been repeatedly intimidated and threatened by police officers whom they had angered. The Committee was responding to an Individual Communication filed by the deceased’s wife Pathmini Peiris Shrewd foreign affairs policy at one time It is necessary first to give some background to this discussion
Read More >> (2012-01-22)
Tortured & laid with a false charge by the Wattala Police
Sisil Weerasinghe (48) is married, the father of two daughters and a retired soldier. Sisil, who resides at No: 212/1, Woodland Estate, Colombo Road, Chilaw is disabled as the result of injuries to the right leg and hand in a battle during July 1992. Following his partial recovery Sisil was removed from operational duties and given light duties. He retired from the service in 2007 and later worked as a private security guard attached to the Peoples Bank.
Read More >> (2012-01-22)
An open letter to the Attorney General
The Asian Human Rights Commission has learned of your decision to take over the prosecution of a Private Plaint filed in the Magistrate's Court of Panadura, without the consent of the Complainant of the said case, upon an application and representations made by and on behalf of the Accused who is a Superintendent of Police. The case bears No. 92368 (Private Plaint)
Read More >> (2012-01-22)
UNHRC holds that the government is responsible for the death of Sugath Nishanta
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has issued its determination regarding the complaint made by a Sri Lankan citizen, A.S.S. Pathmini Peiris, in connection with the murder of S.K.A. Sugath Nishanta Fernando who was assassinated on 20 September 2008.
Read More >> (2012-01-19)
The Sun will not shine on a country where impunity reigns ! PROTEST MEETING
A Protest Meeting will be held to mark the 3rd Death Anniversary of the senior journalist Lasantha Wickramathunga on Wednesday, 11th January 2011, 4 pm @ J.R.Jayewardene Centre, Colombo 7. This meeting will be organized by the Platform for Freedom, a coalition of civil society organizations and public spirited citizens.
Read More >> (2012-01-08)
The report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation - the issuing of the report is a non-event - A Statement from the AHRC
There was no reason to expect much from the report of the LLRC as this commission had no mandate to investigate and to file a report on the basis of investigations. It was a mere commission of gathering some views but even in that the people who were most affected, that is those who are from the north and the east, did not have genuine freedom to give a narrative of what they knew about what had happened to them and those known to them.
Read More >> (2011-12-19)
The statement made by Mohan Peiris regarding attorney-at-law Amitha Ariyarathne is false – Right to Life Statement
The statement by Mr. Mohan Peiris, former attorney general and head of the Sri Lankan Government delegation to the Committee against Torture in Geneva, that no complaint has been filed with respect to the assault and arson attack on the office of senior lawyer Mr. Amitha Ariyarathne is false and a (deliberate) distortion of facts. At the time of the attack, Mr. Ariyarathne was a member of the Right to Life legal team.
Read More >> (2011-11-24)
Mohan Peiris has deluded the Highest Committee of the UN
The Statement made by the Former Attorney-General at the the United Nation Committee Against The Torture, saying that the Government has information as the Media man Pradeep Ekneligoda is living under Political asylum in a foreign country is a deluding of the United Nation’s highest Committee as well as the Sri Lankan People, stated Mr Siritunga Jayasooriya, the Secretary of The United Socialist Party, yesterday at Media gathering held in CSR Institute of Maradana, in Colombo.
Read More >> (2011-11-22)
Petition to HE.President Requesting Fair Investigation into the Murder of Shivakumar
Although, the drama of the Grees Yaka which is one terror among many which were prevailing in the Sri Lanka during the past have been somewhat controlled, the question of “by whom under whose requirement have they committed?” has not been uncovered to the country. However, this Grees Yaka has dislocated the peoples activities in several areas in the country, including losses of some lives. One such victim who had to face into such an incident after which he had to compensate by the life was Perumal Sivakumar of Narakkalliya in Kalpitiya who was an active member of Human Rights Committee in those area.
Read More >> (2011-11-22)
Negombo HQI was given bail by the High Courts
A couple has looted some cash, gems, and jewellary from a house in Kohuwla which belonged to a High ranking Police Officer. Later, the couple has been arrested in Negombo area along with the looted Items. Now a case has been filed against the Negombo HQI along with three police officers in the same police station, under 13 charges including the charges of keeping the arrested couple in the illegal custody for bout 1 week, making them disappeance for about 1 week without subjecting them into legal procedure and keeping the case items which they had taken into custody in their possession and utilizing/using without submitting them into the judiciary.
Read More >> (2011-11-21)
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