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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Extrajudicial killed by officers of the Dompe Police - UAs from AHRC
Mr. Ganearachchi Appuhamilage Gayan Saranga (29) of Katulanda, Dekatana, Dompe in the Gampaha District was arrested and extrajudicially killed by the police officers attached to the Dompe Police Station on 29 September 2011. Saranga was first arrested at his wife’s home and the police informed his relatives they needed to record a statement from him regarding the transportation of a water pump in his three-wheeler. When the wife tried to visit him later at the police station she was refused permission to see him. Later at 11 pm of the same day Saranga's corpse was handed over to the mortuary of the Dompe Government Hospital by the police officers. The police stated that while Saranga was being taken to the place where he had hidden the stolen water pump he feel out of running police jeep and later succumbed to his injuries. Later the Inspector General of Police officially announced by special communiqué that there is no evidence to prove the version of the police. The case is yet another in the very long list of extrajudicial killings by the Sri Lanka police.
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No prosecution of the police officers responsible for torturing FTZ workers
Mr. K H Rangana Pushpakumara (31) of No: 140/A, Webada West, Webada is married and works at Noratel Lanka Ltd in the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Katunaya. On 30 May 2011 Rangana participated in an action organized by the factory workers trade unions. Police officers attached to the Katunayake Police Station approached the workers and without issuing any warnings started assaulting them. Rangana was injured but was not provided with medical treatment which in itself constitutes torture. He and the other workers were brought to the Katunayaka Police Station where they were detained illegally for two hours. Then Ranagana was warned and brought to the Wijeya Kumaratunaga Government Hospital and then to the Ragama Teaching Hospital where he was treated there for five days. No police officers have been arrested for illegally arresting and publicly torturing or detaining Rangana and other fellow workers. Despite the fact that many trade unions and the civil society organizations continue to seek justice no action has been taken against the errant officers or their commanders.
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Human Rights Defender tortured in public to death by STF
Perumal Sivakumara (32) of Kalpitiya Road, Norochchole in the Puttalam District has died after being tortured in public by officers attached to the Special Task Force. Perumal a well-known civil rights activist had gone to the town along with a friend to buy some medicine. At that time a large number of people had gathered at the church because a stranger had been terrorizing the village. When Perumal approached the gathering police officers arrived and started to beat some of the people. Despite the pleadings of Perumal he was severely tortured and later admitted to the Puttalam Base Hospital where he later died. No investigation has been started into the torture and extrajudicial killing of Perumal.
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13 year old school child is beaten by a teacher
13 year-old school child was beaten by his class teacher in full view of the other students of his class. The parents of the child and others demonstrated in front of the school and the educational authorities promised to take action. However, to date no such action has taken place. The perpetrator is still working at the same school under the Ministry of Education. This case is one of many where teachers enjoy impunity for their brutal treatment of the children in their care.
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CPA Statement on the new Regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act
23 September 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) condemns the government’s decision to perpetuate a number of the most widely used Emergency Regulations, such as those relating to detainees, purported ‘surrendees’ and local authorities, in the form of regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). We believe that the reintroduction of regulations of this nature, just over a week after the President declared that the need for the state of emergency no longer exists, is dishonest and wholly incongruent with the President’s promises to Parliament. Further, it will lead to disillusionment among the public who were led to believe that the end of emergency meant the country would now function “democratically under the ordinary law.”
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Continuous delays in prosecuting the persons accused of assaulting the V FM journalist
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that VFM, one of the Sri Lanka's leading national electronic media institutions networks, journalist Mr. Ruwan Sugathadasa of Gangaarama Road, Boralesgamuwa in the Colombo District was assaulted by an unknown group of people on 2 September 2011. Ruwan is a journalist by profession and the Managing Director of 'VFM'. Later he was admitted to the South Colombo Teaching Hospital for treatment. Later Police Headquarters announced that two suspects had been arrested and produced before the Magistrate's Court of Nugegoda along with a car allegedly used by the assailants. But still the prosecution has not yet started. The government has shown no interest in prosecuting the alleged perpetrators. The situation of the freedom of expression in the country is in peril. The fate of journalist is in dangers. The victim, his relatives and the society as a whole are waited to see justice done in this brutal attack. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
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No one knows whether these are true or false – W. Jayasiri
Today we can often see blacking out scenes of most of the films which are telecasted on Jathika Rupawahini. If lovers come closer to each other then the seen is blacked out. If there is a scene of drinking alcohol, suddenly it is blacked out. Could we stop drinking arrack or smoking by such kind of blacking out? In the past, scoundrel is the one who drink & smoke not the hero. generally the hero of the film is the one, who is very innocent , who does not drink or smoke. That was the way of growing good morals in society then but Not by blacking out films. Although we can hear ‘pirith’ from early in the morning to evening, does Sri Lanka become a paradise?
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Police file two fabricated charges against a woman after illegal arrest and torture
Ms. Weerawila Gamage Sepalika (40) was illegally arrested and severely tortured by the police officers attached to the Ambalantota Police Station on 18 May 2011. Four police officers in plain clothes came to her house and carried out an illegal searched as not warrant had been issued. Sepalika was alone in the house and when she tried to prevent the officers from entering she was severely assaulted, arrested and brought to the police station. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional cruelty and blatant abuse of authority by the police.
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Another Torture by Victimisations by the Kirindiwella police
Kirindiwella police station in Gampaha district is notorious for assaulting & killing innocents. The latest victim of this police station is Mr.Chaminda Sarath Kumara who lives in Pepiliwela. On the 24, August 2011 the police went to his place to arrest him due to a family problem. When the police were there, Chaminda fall down & his head was injured. Ice was applied & then the bleeding was stopped. Then Chaminda was taken to the Kirindiwella police station. He was then seriously assaulted by the police. After all, he was admitted by the police to Randawana hospital. That same night the police took a phone call to one of the neighbors’ houses, informed that Chaminda was seriouse, was admitted to hospital & asked to visit him as soon as possiable. When the family members & Chaminda’s wife went there they were asked by the police to state that Chaminda was admitted by them. But they refused to say so. After that, hospital administration was forced to mention that Chaminda was admitted by the family members.
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Repreasentative conference for a common measure against forced disapearence
As the world was celebrating the international forced disapperence day, it was held a conference for building a common measure against all kinds of forced disappearences on the 30th of August 2011, in National estate labour hall, Rajagiriya, Colombo. Family members of the victims of desappearance from north & South & civil organizations who work against forced dissaperence were participated for this.
At the very bigining as for respecting the disappeared people it was kept a one minute silence.After that, lightning the glims which were around a replica of the monument of the disappeared that was situated at the Raddaluwa junction, Seeduwa was taken place.
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A young man's complaint of imminent threat to life
A young man's complaint of imminent threat to life due to a powerful businessman working hand-in-hand with the OIC of the Ja-Ela Police Station -- an Open Letter to the IGP and HRCSL
We are bringing to your notice an allegation of serious threat to life and deliberate refusal to carry out the duties of the police relating to serious assaults, attempted abductions and several other complaints by a young man living in Ja-Ela. His basic complaint is that due to some unfortunate but simple misunderstanding, a millionaire businessman of the Ja-Ela area with several criminal elements is harassing him and his family members. Further, the OIC of the Ja-Ela Police Station is ignoring his complaints and instead filing fabricated charges against him, his mother and an uncle.
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A Young man was illegally arrested and tortured by the Kakirawa Police
According to the information the Asian Human Rights Commission received Mr. Aadawalage Gayan Indika (26) of No 6th Canal, Kagama in Kakirawa in the district of Anuradhapura is married and the father of one son. He is a barber by profession.
On 7 August 2011 Gayan was on his way to drop his brother at Walpaluwa Garage in the same village on his motor bike at the 6th Canal Junction. Some people in civilian clothes signaled him to stop his motor bike. He did so and one of the group asked for his identity and that of his brother. Gayan simply questioned the identity of three people and one person answered that he was Inspector of Police (IP) Jagoda of Kakirawa Police Station. Then IP Jagoda told the brothers that they had received information that Gayan is engaged in the production of illicit liquor. Gayan was shocked at this and told the officers that he had never engaged in such activity at any time in his life. Ignoring this IP Jagoda asked the location of the place where they produced the liquor. Again Gayan refused the accusation. At that point they forced him to lie down on the ground and started beating him with sticks and branches. While all three officers joined in the assault IP Jagoda was the most violent. Following this one officer, later identified as Nimal, asked Gayan to come to the side of the road which he did. Gayan was asked to pay a bribe so that they could go on their way but he repeated that he had never engaged in such an activity and was not willing to accept such accusations.
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A former air force officer rapes a ten-year-old girl - AHRC Statement
In a widely reported incident it has been revealed that a former air force officer has raped a ten-year-old girl when she accompanied her mother as she was preparing a school for the coming term. This happened at the Telijewele Royal College where the school was a centre for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examinations. After the holding of exams a group of teachers and other government servants held a drinking party to which this former air force officer was invited.
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The 3rd Month Commemoration of the Slain FTZ Worker - September 1st
The Commemoration was Organized jointly by Joint Trade union Federation ( JTUF) and Free Trade Zone Solidarity.
Though it was planned to hold it in a religious and Peaceful way the situation changed the whole program.
It was planned to hold in front of the “Awariwatta Temple” with Buddhist and Catholic religious ceremonies, Speeches by Roshan’s family, 2 injured workers, JTUF, FTZS , FTZ worker and cultural event with singing by Mr. Jayathilaka Bandara and Rev. Fr. Anton Jayananda. And also it was in the agenda to invite the workers to offer flowers with the others. But due to the pressure from ( as we heard ) Police and ruling party politicos, the Rev. Monk was not present in the afternoon and the gate of the temple was padlocked. The white flags which were put up in the morning had to be removed.
Then at 1645 we decided to march from t he gathering place, F
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