Religious Functions Of Blessing For The Killed and Wounded In Katunayake Police Attack
That day Thero Mihindu stated to the King Dewanampiyatissa that it must be kept in mind that “You are not the owner here but only the trustee”. So many trustees are being come into the power and are being gone away from power in various occasions. But they are not the owners of the Country, only the trustees of country. Not only the people in the country but trees, animals and the environment also should be protected by the trustees of the country. This idea was stated by the Venerable Itthepane Dharmaloka Thero who made a dharma discourse at the religious function organized by the employees of the Free Trade Zone.
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The challenge for the new IGP is to win the cooperation of his ASPs - An Article by the Asian Human Rights Commission
The new Inspector General of Police, N.K Illangakoon, in his first public statement has admitted that there are problems in the policing system of Sri Lanka. He mentioned that the policing system has been distanced from the people. The IGP's statement should be an occasion to reflect on another, more disconcerting problem for the citizens, which is the distancing of the policing system from the law. The new IGP admitted the need to reinforce discipline within the police and stated that measures will be made to improve the education of the police in order to deal with this problem.
Read More >> (2011-07-08)
A Complain to the Human Rights Commission with the Signatures of 825 personnel
One person died while 6 were injured by the shooting at the protest organized at Katunayake FTZ by their workers, against the Government’s Proposed Pension Bill. There is no progress in legal proceedings to be seen on this incident and the workers idea is that still, there is no fair and impartial investigation is going on.
It has been mentioned in this petition the facts that the workers are not going to complain individually against the various torture done by the police by firing tear gas out side the factories, assaulting, entering into factories forcibly and assaulting workers, taking workers to the police station and assaulting severely, not giving medical treatment to the injured persons, delaying of admittance of injured ones to the hospitals purposely. Their utmost fear of attempting to harm their lives and the Factory Managements into whose factories the police has entered forcibly and assaulted the employees and has done massive damages into their properties, have been profusely scared to not to take any action against them.
Read More >> (2011-07-04)
Representatives’ Conference against the torture
Although there are many more legal facilities against torture in the country, there is an agreement for not enforcing them accordingly, by the Government who has the very right to enforce the law, specially from the religious community and the civil society. The opposition party too has given a total back up for it. Today, even many intellectuals and progressive people consider that torture is a very important factor for governing. Today many people think that assaulting a suspect for obtaining information is a must. Recently, a major government Minister stated in a public rally that, obtaining information from a suspect could not be done by touching his face and giving him buriyani. What is meant by this?. Although laws are made to abolish the torture in Sri Lanka done due to various pressures by the international sections for the conditions of Aids and Loans, the government has no actual desire to stop torture.
Read More >> (2011-07-04)
Deniyaya, Kosmodara Police Assaults a Young Man
It has been reported from Deniyaya, Kosmodara police division that two police officers who were not in good terms with the person who objected and requested to prove their identity, when they were attempting to enter his house forcibly in civil clothes, has assaulted the man and filed fake case, against him.
Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Chandana –29 years older –was subjected to this assault. On 15th June 2011, at about 7.30 p.m. two unknown person who were in civil clothes, has come to Chandana’s house and has told that they want to search the house. Then they had been answered that he can not allow the unknown persons to search the house and has requested to prove their identity . At that time one person who was furious has given a heavy blow to Chandana’s face. Then Chandana has rushed to the house and has got closed the door. The two personnel who were at the outside has shouted as they were from Kosmodara police station and ordered to open the door. Then Chandana has said that “If you Gentlemen are from the police either you must be in uniform or prove your identity.
Read More >> (2011-07-02)
Peoples Human Rights Commission
Since it is impossible to get the Human Rights institutions out of the power of the Government, and due to their biased performance, people are reluctant to get closer to them, hence we are looking for possibilities to establish alternative peoples’ institutions.
At present moment, an alternative Human Rights Commission which receive complains from people, investigate them and give resolutions, is needed in our country. All who do their duties to protect Human Rights, amidst the pressure of various parties including the government who violate Human Rights must join together in this process.
Read More >> (2011-07-02)
FTZ workers file FR petition before sc
Ten workers of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) filed a fundamental rights violation petition yesterday before the Supreme Court against the impugned police assault on the peaceful demonstrators within the FTZ on May 30.
In their petition filed through their instructing Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha, they cited the Police OICs of Katunayake and Seeduwa as well as Negombo DIG, former IGP Mahinda Balasuriya, the Board of Investment, Army Commander Lt.Gen.Jagath Jayasuriya and the Attorney General as Respondents.
Read More >> (2011-06-30)
500 Days since the disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek! Still no police investigation - Statement by Sri Lankan Civil Society Activists
On 25th June 2011 we marked 500 days since the disappearance of Mr. Pattani Razeek, a Sri Lankan Human Rights Defender, Managing Trustee of the Community Trust Fund (CTF) in Puttalam and Executive Committee Member of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUMASIA). On February 11, 2010, Mr. Razeek travelled to Polonnaruwa with CTF staff, where he met with a group of persons parked near the Jumma Mosque in Kaduruwela. Mr. Razeek was last seen getting into a van with those persons, having informed his colleagues that he was travelling to the Eastern town of Valaichchenai. Mr. Razeek has not been seen or heard from since. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Razeek's family received a few calls from Mr. Razeek's mobile phone number, demanding large amounts of money to secure his release. Then the calls stopped.
Read More >> (2011-06-29)
Complaints against police pile up
Hundreds of public complaints against police officers submitted to the National Police Commission (NPC) are piling up because the Commission is no longer functioning, a senior NPC official said yesterday.
NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said the powers and functions of the NPC were drastically reduced since the introduction of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution with most of the duties and powers earlier vested in the NPC being now handled by the Public Services Commission and the Police Chief.
Read More >> (2011-06-22)
If any illegal act is done by a Lower rank officer on the orders of a higher officer, he personally is responsible for the offence. -Deputy Solicitor General says.
‘A Lower officer must have the strength to refuse to carry out any illegal orders given by their higher ranked officers. If any illegal act was done by someone saying that it is on the request of the higher officers, he himself must be responsible without distinguished as High or Low’. Stated Mr Jayantha Jayasooriya, the Deputy Solicitor General giving the oration of the Complainant’s side before the three Judges at the murder case hearing against four officers including former OIC of police, accusing that the two youths were abducted and killed by them.
Read More >> (2011-06-16)
Katunayake shooting incident -All lawyers take the side of the Defendants;
"The Police station was attacked from several sides with stones and other things. Then the police officers released tear gas. But they were not seemed to be controlled. Warsps were upsetted by the tear gas and stinged the police officers and the civil officers. At that same time I heard the noise of shooting".
Stated Mr Adikari Wijayananda Silva, the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Negombo, giving evidence at the court hearing on the Magistrate”s Investigation on the Post Mortem conducted on the garment employee’s death that took place due to shooting by the Police.
Read More >> (2011-06-17)
Suspect Police Officers of David Amarasinghe Murder Case Released
David Amarasingha murder case whose death occurred after the arresting by the Kirindiwela police, against W S Kulasooriya Sub Inspector of police and Luksman Silva Police Constable were called on for hearing before MrAravinda Perera the Pugoda Magistrate and Additional Divisional Judge, at the Pugoda Magistrates. court. without the accused police officers on 16th June 2011 and further hearing was postponed to 4th august 2011.
At present, the case against the two police officers has been suspended and they have been acquitted and released without subjecting them into any condition, under an order of the Appeal Court.
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Report on 323 cases of police torture in Sri Lanka - AHRC PRESS RELEASE
The Asian Human Rights Commission which has documented over 1500 cases of torture and ill treatment by the Sri Lankan police has now compiled a report of 323 cases. In this presentation Mr. Basil Fernando, the Director of Policy and Programmes explains the causes of police torture in Sri Lanka and the consequences of having a policing system that has lost its internal control structure. Fernando also explains how the CAT Act, Act No 22 of 1994 is no longer being implemented in the country and how there is no credible complaint mechanism or witness protection law available to the citizens. The overall consequence of losing a law-based policing system is the creation of extra-legal measures to control crime. These extra-legal measures include torture, and extra-judicial killings. "Wide spread torture is only a symptom of the much larger problem of lawlessness created by the operation of 1978 constitution", tells Fernando.
Read More >> (2011-06-18)
Release The police officers in custody immediately - the appeal courts order Pugoda Magistrate
The appeal courts ordered the Magistrate yesterday (16 June) to release immediately the two police officers who are in the custody on behalf of the case of Mr Daid Amarasinghe of Kirindiwela, whose death had occurred while in the police custody.
The appeal courts has ordered the Pugoda Magistrate not to continue the courts proceedings against the two police officers with regards to the death of David Amarasinghe and release them without subjecting them to any condition.
Read More >> (2011-06-18)
Orders to Send the Fire Arms and Ammunition related to Katunayake FTZ shooting incident to the Government Analyst
The two police officers who were arrested as the suspects with regard to the shooting at the workers of Katunayake FTZ, who protested against the proposed pension Bill, were produced at the Negombo Magistrates Courts on 13th June 2011, amidst heavy guard.
There, 26 case items including 8 T-56 fire arms and empty cartridges were produced at the Jurisdiction as evidence of the case items, along with the suspects and Mrs.Dulani S Weerathunga the Additional Magistrates of Negombo ordered to send those items of the case to the Government’s analyst and to obtain his report. It was reported that 12 out of 16 workers of the FTZ of Katunayake had been called to give evidence were present and the absent witnesses warned to be present at the next hearing day.
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Directors Of Ragama Hospital Warned By The Human Rights Commission
‘’If a complain is received saying that a person is taken into police custody, the officers of Human Rights Commission will visit that place without prior notice and having no documents to prove their identity. This procedure is followed to know the true situation of the complainant’’- Chairman of Human Rights Commission Mr Priyantha Perera. 10th June 2011. Lankadeepa.
Read More >> (2011-06-18)
Five hundred days since the forced disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda - AHRC Statment
Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations took to the streets to demand for inquiries into his disappearance. A serious transformation has taken place in the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka. Under the present system the obligation for the government to investigate all suspected crimes does no longer exists. The people of Sri Lanka do not have any legal protection against crimes. The result is a very fortunate situation for the criminals and a very ghastly one for the people. In this short video presentation Basil Fernando discusses this important and dangerous transformation and calls on all to demand a deep reorganization of the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka.
Read More >> (2011-06-09)
Magistrate pulled up by appeal court
The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled that Pugoda Magistrate W. Aravinda Perera had acted contrary to law by not complying with the instructions of the Attorney General to release two suspect police officers of the Kirindiwela police station due to lack of evidence.
Appeal Court President Sathya Hettige PC and Justice Upali Aberatna made this observation while ordering the Magistrate to unconditionally release the two police personnel remanded in Mahara prison and issued notice on the Pugoda Magistrate to appear in court on June 27. The court made this direction following a writ application filed by Sub Inspector W. Francis Kulasuriya and Constable Dewmuni Lakshman de Silva of the Kirindiwela police station. Contd. from A1
Read More >> (2011-06-07)
More Protests at Katunayaka
Employees, trade unions, non-governmental organisations have staged several demonstrations in the Katunayaka Free Trade Zone (FTZ) area in protest against the death of 24 year old FTZ worker, Roshen Shenaka.
A picket was held at the Airport junction organized by Negombo solidarity group from 15.00 to 17.30. The "Brandix" workers were there at 1430 and they were joined by catholic and Christian priests, nuns, fisherman and other human rights activists. The workers were chanting slogans against police, "Chase away the police dogs""We do not want police dogs".( Police ballo elawapiyaw” Police ballo apita epa”.
Read More >> (2011-06-04)
Situation Report FTZ struggle
Ø Deputy Minister Sarath Gunarathna, MP Sudarshani Fernando pulle with Nimal Lanza, Minister Western Provincial Council went to the FTZ, distribute some leaflets, supporting the Pension bill and demanding Rs. 2000 salary increase for workers. They did put up some posters also.
Ø As the Minister of Labour, Gamini Lokuge in a discussion held with the workers in the Katunayake zone had declared few days before, the government is withdrawing the bill temporally and the FTZ s will be excluded from the scheme, the workers get panicked and come out from the factories.
Ø Then the clash begins. The Police crashed into some factories, attack the workers, damages the properties and hold the workers inside the factories without making them leave. So the villagers breaks the wall and cut the wire fence to take the workers out. The villagers and the vendors in the fare ( Pola) closing all the stores, come and help the workers to come out and getting admitted to the hospitals. Three wheeler drivers in the area also did some great helping work.
Ø The government claims JVP thugs were behind the fight. But others say some supporters of Wimal Weerawansa’s thugs were there to attack the workers.
Read More >> (2011-06-02)
Who gave the orders to use live bullets on protesters at Katunayake – AHRC Statement
The government of Sri Lanka has announced the appointment of a one-man commission to inquire into the shooting at Katunayake on May 30, where, according to reports over 200 persons were injured when police opened fire against demonstrators using live ammunition. About 20 workers are reported to have been critically wounded and are being treated at hospitals. The protests were part of an Island-wide campaign against a proposed law endangering the provident fund of the workers of the private sector. In the aftermath of the shooting the government announced that the bill will not be presented to the parliament.
The use of live ammunition has come under public condemnation, even from some of the government ministers. The one-man commission of inquiry was appointed in answer to such criticism.
Read More >> (2011-06-01)