Alliance of Civil organizations along with the clergies against the waves of Crimes in Negombo
A basic discussion on the waves of uprising crimes in Negombo area and specially in the district of Gampaha, and the steps could be taken with respects of weakness of the legal procedure against the this crime, were being held at the Right To Life Institute. Many leaders of civil organizations who are actively functioning in the area, of Catholic Clergies and several Sisters participated to the discussion.
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Businessman was assaulted, death threatened publicly by 2 drunken police officers of Maravila police station
Chulani Thilakathne, proprietor of Ushani Plant Nursery in Maravila has made a complain recently to the Human Rights commission against two Police Officers of Marawila Police Station regarding the keeping him several hours in the police custody, after subjecting him into inhuman torturing. Here the suspects are Edirisinghe the Sub Inspector of Marawila Police station and the Sergeant Ranpati of the same police station.
On 17th October 2012, at bout 9.00 p.m. while he was going home on his Motor Bike he has waited at the Dhammissara National School since he received a mobile call and has being answering a to the call. By that time 2 drunken police officers had come there on a motor bike and had stopped their bike in front of him in the road crossing position and shouting in filthy words has assaulted Mr Thilkrthne. Then with the thought of they are robbers, he has gone to the close by shop. The people there had attempted to save him but one of the two who were in civvies has pointed a pistol to Thilakrthne’s head and has said that they are from the police.( He was Mr Edirisinghe the Sub Inspector of Maravila Police Station) Then Thilkrthne has stated that he is not a thief and has not done any wrong, and has requested them to leave him. Then the police officers has said “ You seek them from the Courts tomorrow, now come to the police station”. Thereafter he has been handcuffed by those two drunken police officers and has been taken to the Maravila Police Station where he was kept in the remand cell for several hours. While he was in the remand cell he had not been permitted to inform the incident to the home.
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Arbitrary Blocking and Registration of Websites: The Continuing Violation of Freedom of Expression on the Internet
9th November 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: We the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals express grave concern over the press release issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information on 5th November 2011, which requires all ‘websites carrying any content relating to Sri Lanka or the people of Sri Lanka… uploaded from Sri Lanka or elsewhere’ to ‘register’ for ‘accreditation.’ We also condemn the actions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) that has, according to a Sunday Times news report, moved to block a number of specific websites in line with this. While it is unclear whether the two measures are part of a single initiative or not, they represent an unacceptable incursion into free expression in Sri Lanka.
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he 47th Session of CAT -- the government makes empty statements without firm commitments to halt violations - AHRC
Yesterday (November 8, 2011) the government delegation gave the state report relating to the questions raised by the Committee against Torture (CAT) at the 47th Session of the CAT Committee. Mr. Mohan Peiris, a former Attorney General and now an advisor to the government presented the report. After making the report the committee members raised a large number of questions for which they sought answers from the government delegation. The government is expected to answer these questions today (November 9).
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The Annual Conference of ICAED in Geneva
The annual conference of ICAED (International Committee Against Enforced Disappearances) commenced today the 7th of November 2011 at John Knox center in Geneva and will be held till 10th of November.
Many organizations who involve against disappearances will take part from all over the world and the discussion will mainly focus how the UN convention against enforced disappearances can be ratified and implemented in the countries. The Families of the Disappeared from Sri Lanka also participated.
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12 Alternative reports have been submitted on torture in Sri Lanka,
12 Alternative reports have been submitted on torture in Sri Lanka, , by national and International Human Rights Organizations. to the 47th session of the UNCAT which will be held in Geneva on 8th and 9th of November , 2011. Amnesty International, Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), International Committee of Jurists (ICJ), Freedom from Torture, International Disable Alliance, IDA, LRD Canada, Tamil International Center, Trial Switzerland, Redress UK submitted their own reports while ALRC ( Hong Kong ), ACAT- (France), RCT (Denmark) and REDRESS - (UK) and 9 local organizations from Sri Lanka submitted two separate reports. 23 organizations have submitted 12 reports.
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Destroying monuments for those killed & disappeared: The Catholic Church and the Sri Lankan Government By Ruki Fernando
On the evening of 26th October 2011, Fr. Srilal Manoj Perera (appointed by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith to be in charge of land issues for Archdiocese of Colombo), Fr. Prasad Perera, Parish Priest of St. Cecelia’s Church, Raddoluwa (in the Colombo Archdiocese), members of the Parish Council and a lawyer representing them, took the unprecedented step of requesting that the Police destroy a nationally and internationally recognized monument for disappeared persons situated in the Raddolugama-Seeduwa junction in the Gampaha district in Sri Lanka.
This was on the eve of the 21st annual commemoration for disappeared persons held annuallyon the 27th of October at the site of the monument, with the participation of families of disappeared persons, religious leaders, political leaders, human rights activists and concerned citizens.
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An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission to His Eminence, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
We are writing to bring to your notice an action by some priests, namely, Rev. Father Prasad Perera the Parish priest of of the church at Raddoluwa Junction and Fr. SriLal Manoj Perera, the Bishop's property caretaker, who were accompanied by a lawyer made a request to the Seeduwa Police to demolish the monument for the disappeared erected at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa.
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AFAD Press Statement - Attempts to Destroy Monument of the Disappeared, A Grievous Offense Against Victims and Their Families
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) joins the Sri Lankan families of the disappeared victims in remembering their loved ones subjected to disappearances during the annual commemoration at the Monument for the Disappeared in Raddoluwa Junction in Seeduwa., Sri Lanka. This year is the 21st commemoration of the Monument.
Between 1987 and 1991, disappearances in Sri Lanka had reached 30,000. These proportions and the failure of the Sri Lankan government to address the alarming occurrence of disappearances and prosecute perpetrators led to the construction of the Monument for the Disappeared in 1991.
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The Monument for the Disappeared and the commemoration in Sri Lanka - A Statement by the AHRC
Large numbers of persons will gather at the Monument for the Disappeared at Raddoluwa Junction, Seeduwa today (October 27, 2011) to pay their respects to the disappeared persons in Sri Lanka and to demand justice on their behalf. This is annual event which has been since 1991 after the bodies of two persons were found near the site where the monument was erected. The formal erection of the monument started in 1999 and it was declared open on February 4, 2000.
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Catholic Church Requests to Demolish the Monument for the Disappeared at Seeduwa
As agreed we both parties were present at the Seeduwa Police station to inquire about the complain made by the Parish priest, Rev. Father Prasad Perera against the Families of the Disappeared ( FOD) . The complaint was that the land in which the monument is, belongs to the Bishop and if anything is constructed that FOD has to take permission from the Bishop. The parish priest, Fr. SriLal Manoj Perera , Bishop’s property caretaker, Lawyer Mr. Quintus Tissera were present from the complainant side with some members of the church committee.
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SRI LANKA: Reports from 12 organisations to the CAT
The United Nations Committee against Torture is due to examine the Sri Lankan government's performance under the CAT Convention on November 8 and 9, 2011.
The government has submitted its report and the CAT Committee has in turn submitted a long list of questions to the government. These questions are to be answered when it meets the government meets the Committee. After the government makes its report the Committee members usually ask further questions by way of clarification. The Committee will then make its recommendations.
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Keerthirathn of Anamaduwa, who was inpolice custody for 3 month, files a Human Rights case.
R H M Keerthirathna of Surathkulama in Anamaduwa who had been taken into custody and kept in remand custody for 3 months due to a misunderstanding of names has filed a Human Rights case at the Supreme Courts stating that his Basic Human Rights had been violated.. This petition was filed on behalf of Saman, by a group of lawyers including Mr.Upul Kumarapperuma, Attony –at-law.
Rajakaruna MudiyanselageKeerthirathne of saurathkulama,Mudalankuliya was a father of 2 children. He was a patient who has being unconscious by time to time due to a injuries in his head caused /by a serious road accident he had met with 5 years ago.
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The Appeal Against the Acquitting the Suspects of Saman Thilakasiri Murder Case Also Abolished
The murder case of Saman Thilakasiri, of 4 th Palama, Moragaha pallama, Inginiyagala,who had died while he was taken to the police station, by 2 police officers, making him seated between them, on a motor bike, after the arrest by three police officers on 21st February,2010 at Inginiyagala were heard at Ampara Magistrate’s Courts under B/6802 and concluding the case the verdict was given as it was not a murder, and the accused police officers were acquitted and released.
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Alternative Report to the Torture Committee of United Nation by 9 Civil Organizations.
An alternative Report in respect of the prevailing torture and the non functioning of the Authority of the Law in Sri Lanka, has been submitted by 9 civil Organization who are functioning in Sri Lanka, at the United Nation’s Committee Against the torture, which is being held in November.
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SRI LANKA: Fr. Prasad Perera obstructs the use of a national monument for the disappeared - AHRC IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
(Hong Kong, October 21, 2011) The national monument for the disappeared at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa is nationally and internationally known and respected place where the families of the disappeared persons gather to pay respects for their loved ones who are counted among the disappeared in Sri Lanka. The monument was eructed in 2000 at a place where the bodies of two persons from Negambo who had been partially burned were recovered. One was a well-known trade union activist.
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The October Commemoration For the Disappeared - 21st Anniversary
Families of the disappeared will be organizing the 21st commemoration of the disappeared, this October 27th against all sort of disappearances and in remembrance of disappeared which was annually and continuously commemorated on Every October 27th .
Amidst lot of difficulties We are still engaged, without giving up , demanding justice for the disappeared and to take the necessary corrective action to stop it happening again, When most of the activists who worked against disappearances are moving away from their memories.
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The link to the alternative report to the CAT Committee by four international human rights organisations
(Hong Kong, October 14, 2011) This report is entitled the Alternative report to the committee against torture in connection with the third periodic report of Sri Lanka. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), Hong Kong, REDRESS Trust London, Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT), Denmark and Action des chrétiens pour l'abolition de la torture (ACAT France) have submitted this joint report to the United Nations Committee against Torture which is due to review Sri Lanka's compliance with the Convention against Torture in November of this year.
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prosecution of the police officers who tortured hundreds of workers in the FTZ
Mr. M H A Sameera Sandaruwa (28) of 'Sameera Sevana', Dumkola Watte, Daragala, Waimada in the Badulla District is single and is also a worker at Noratel Lanka Ltd in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunaya. On 30 May 2011 Sameera participated in a trade union action organized by the factory workers. Police officers attached to the Katunayake Police Station arrived at the scene and without warning severely assaulted the workers. Several workers were injured including Sameera but the police did not provide medical treatment. He and the other workers were illegally detained at the Katunayaka Police Station before being given medical assistance. Sameera was taken to the Negombo Base Hospital for treatment. To-date no police officers have been arrested for illegally arresting, publicly torturing or detaining Sameera and his fellow workers. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
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Police officers are not prosecuted after torturing a Free Trade Zone worker
trade union action organized by the factory workers. Police officers attached to the Katunayake Police Station arrived at the scene and without warning severely assaulted the workers. Several workers were injured including Pradeep but the police did not provide medical treatment. He and the other workers were illegally detained at the Katunayaka Police Station before being given medical assistance. Pradeep was taken to the Wijeyakumaratunaga Government Hospital and then to the Ragama Teaching Hospital where he was treated there for 3 days. To-date no police officers have been arrested for illegally arresting, publicly torturing or detaining Pradeep and his fellow workers. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
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Eighth case of extrajudicial killing of beggars in the Kalaniya Police Division should be investigated - AHRC
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is making an exceptional Urgent Appeal after observing the increased numbers of systematic extrajudicial killings of beggars in Sri Lankan cities over the past few months. According to information that the AHRC has received, a beggar was clubbed to death by unidentified assailants with a sharp weapon during the early hours of 4 October 2011 at Kelaniya in Gampaha District. This is the eighth beggar who is reported to have been killed in the past 3 months. In the name of modernization and the beautification of the cities, around a dozen beggars were similarly killed in the city of Colombo in 2010. Investigation or prosecution of the assailants were denied in all of these cases. Therefore, justice was denied. The case is yet another in a very long list of extrajudicial killings by the Sri Lankan police.
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