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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)
No to the Military Training to The University new Students
A public rally will be held on Monday, 30th March at 1600 at J.R.Jayawardana center, Colombo 7, organized by” Platform for Freedom” ( PfF ) to protest against the military training to the University students and to support the struggle of University academic staff, The leaders from UNP, TNA, DPF, LRF and USP will address with some speakers representing the Civil Organizations. JVP and Inter University student’s movement also have been invited to address the meeting
Read More >> (2011-05-26)
A Petition to President, requesting to handover the inquiry into murder to CID
A petition has been sent to his Excellency president requesting to order the CID to take over the inquiry regarding the death of victim David Amarasingha of Papiliyawela, Siyabalawatta,, who died on 13th of August 2010, while under Kirindiwela Police custody. The petition signed by the victim’s relatives and the villagers about 150, had stated that they have no faith about the inquiries conducted by Kirindiwela Police against the accused Police officers of the same Police station and requested that the inquiries should be handed over to the CID.
Read More >> (2011-05-26)
Severely assaulted by the Inginiyagala Police again
On 4 April 2011 he was at Ambagahawela, Paragahakelle in the village along with a few other villagers. As it was the New Year celebration period several villagers were playing cards. At around 11pm several police officers including Police Constable (PC) Roshan, Police Sergeant (PS) Lal, Weerakoon , Chaminda, Karu of the Civil Defense Force all attached to the Inginiyagala Police Station arrived and started to brutally assault the persons in that place with batons. The victims of this assault suffered multiple injuries. Upali was among the injured. Then the police officers arrested Upali and six others and brought them to the police stations at about 2.00 a.m. Then they were detained in cells and later officers forced the detainees to sign documents those were not recorded from them. The content of the documents were not explained nor were they allowed to read them.
Read More >> (2011-05-25)
ITN Journalist arrested and severely tortured
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMME - According to the information the Asian Human Rights Commission received Mr. Niroshan Premaratne, a professional journalist attached to the Independent Television Networks (ITN) of Wickremasinghe Pura, Battaramulla was subject to arbitrary assault by two police officers at the Panadura Police Station on 8 May 2011. In the morning Niroshan had gone to participate at a family event at Wadduwa with his wife and his brother-in-law following which they travelled back to Colombo in his vehicle. Some officers of the Motor Traffic Unit of the Panadura Division pulled him over on charges of driving his vehicle while disobeying Police orders. But Niroshan states that he did not see the signal which the police officers said they had given him. Instead of carrying out the necessary investigations after taking him to the Panadura Police Station the officers tried to lock up him in the cell. When Niroshan tried to inform his senior management of the situation using his wife's mobile phone two officer of the Motor Traffic Unit brutally assaulted him. This assault was witnessed by his wife and brother-in-law.
Read More >> (2011-05-25)
A Huge protest against proposed Pension scheme at FTZ Katunayake
A Huge protest against proposed Pension scheme at FTZ Katunayake Nearly all the factory workers about 30000 to 40000 struck work, came on to the street, protested and blocked the Negombo- Colombo main road and the Airport road from about 10.00am until 5.00 pm. The workers were demanding to amend the proposed scheme to safeguard their benefits or to withdraw it. The workers were so angry due to the way the government was trying to rush it through the parliament without giving sufficient discussions to the Trade unions and enough time to have a good study on it.
Read More >> (2011-05-24)
Creating a World Record by releasing a prisoner 18 times under the General Clemency
The Government had stated that 2600 prisoners who have been imprisoned for minor offences, who could not pay their fines, would be released in respect of 2600th year Sri Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Celebration. It has been reported that on Last 17th of May 858 prisoners from various prisons in Sri Lanka were released under the said general clemency.
Read More >> (2011-05-23)
4 Chairmen have been appointed for 4 Commissions
According to the powers vested on H.E. the President by the new constitutional amendment, 4 chairmen and other officers have been appointed for 4 commissions. It is being reported that their appointments which were made by the Hon. President will be effective from 16th May 2011.
Read More >> (2011-05-23)
Have a knowledge about the Criminal Investigation method in Sri Lanka
A person who is having a part of a name or a village of a suspect or a warrantee wanted by the police he/she can get a good experience as to how successfully the Criminal Investigation procedure is being happening in Sri Lanka. Sometimes it can be the turning point of his/her life. Such an incident in which the name had been mistaken and an innocent person had been taken into police custody was reported recently at the area of Surakkulama, Mudhalannuliya in Anamaduwa. Rajakaruna Herath Mudiyanselage Keerthirathna was a father of two children. He was a patient who was getting unconscious from time to time, due to the head injuries caused from a road accident he had met 5 years ago. According to a conflict among two parties in Anamaduwa area in the year 2010, the police had produced to the courts some personals involved to that incident. One suspect in that case was Rajakaruna Mudiyandelage Keerthi Jayarathne and after the failure of arresting the suspect, the police in place of that suspect has arrested Rajakaruna Mudiyandelage Keerthirathn on 11th January 2011.
Read More >> (2011-05-20)
Right to Life web launching ceremony-May 21
Receiving information is our basic right. Although there are a large amount of Media institutes for publishing information, most institutes have been unable to give the true, unbiased news to the people. Otherwise most Media institutes are fearing or going backward in the publishing of true news. We did not see as a fare space have been given to the subject of Human Rights even by those very few courageous Media institutes who are trying to give information and it is obvious that even that space is being deteriorating very fast.
Read More >> (2011-05-20)
A new Chief Justice for the Dying Judiciary of Sri Lanka - An Article by the AHRC
The appointment of the first lady Chief Justice would normally have been a day for great celebrations. However, in the context of the attack on the Sri Lankan judiciary since the adoption of the 1978 Constitution such a celebration would belie the actual situation of the judiciary as well as all the administration of justice institutions in the country. The 200-year-old tradition of judicial institutions was undermined by the constitution itself and 33 years of practice under this constitution has greatly subordinated the judiciary to the all-powerful executive presidential system.
Read More >> (2011-05-19)
Another man is severely assaulted by the Inginiyagala Police
Mr. P W Cyril Sarath Kumara (26) of No: 6 B/59 A, Ambagahawella, Paragahakelle, Ampara, is a farmer by profession. On 4 April 2011 he was at Ambagahawela, Paragahakelle in the village along with a few other villagers. As it was the New Year celebration period several villagers were playing cards. At around 11pm several police officers including Police Constable (PC) Roshan, Police Sergeant (PS) Lal, Weerakoon , Chaminda, Karu of the Civil Defense Force all attached to the Inginiyagala Police Station arrived and started to brutally assault the persons in that place with batons. The victims of this assault suffered multiple injuries. Kumara was among the injured. Then the police officers arrested Kumara and six others and brought them to the police stations at about 2.00 a.m. Then they were detained in cells and later officers forced the detainees to sign documents those were not recorded from them. The content of the documents were not explained nor were they allowed to read them.
Read More >> (2011-05-18)
Public servant fights against corruption, inhuman assault and suspension
Property Distaining officer Mr. Nelson Hettiarachchi attached to the Negombo Municipal Council has been suspended illegally by the Municipal authorities. He was formally attached to the Sub Office of Thalahena. He had executed his duties with due diligence and with high discipline. His senior officers and the people who relied on his services never made any complaint with regard to his work. Several months ago he made complaints revealing several cases of corruption for which there was credible evidence to relevant authorities. Following this he was threatened by the Municipal Councilor, Mr. Anton Jayaweera, not to proceed with the cases. Then on 24 April 2011 he was called to the Municipality office by the same councilor and treated in a degrading manner and assaulted inhumanly in front of the public. One day later his service was suspended without reason or inquiry and without a written order. He complained to the Commissioner of Local Government and the Negombo Police Station on the violation of his rights and the assault. Several days later he was issued a letter accusing him for inappropriately blaming the councilor and interrupting the work of his office. Nelson states that as a human rights defender he fought against corruption and for that he was punished by the perpetrators. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.
Read More >> (2011-05-13)
BANGLADESH: Open Letter to all civil society organizations working on Bangladesh on lessons to be learned from the brutal attack on FMA Razzak - Basil Fernando
The attempted eye gouging incident in at Paikgachha village, where a human rights defender and journalist, FMA Razzak and his brother were attacked by a about 40 persons mobilized by a major in Bangladesh army, Mustafizur Rahman Bokul, is a painful experience to all. It is necessary to learn from this experience so that effective actions can be taken to address the very serious threats to everyone that are manifest through this extraordinarily inhumane attack. There were glaring inefficiencies and carelessness in the police conduct prior to this incident, during and after the incident. Razzak complained to the police about the harassment from Major Mustafizur Rahman Bokul's family for months. However, the police failed make any reasonable intervention. (For details of police neglect please see: www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-OLT-005-2011). It is the duty of the police to enforce the law and to keep the peace and when it fails to do so violence and chaos are the inevitable result. Everyone we have talked to over this incident expressed their frustration and disappointment with the way policing system is functioning in Bangladesh. Police reform therefore is one of the major tasks that need to be achieved in Bangladesh.
Read More >> (2011-05-12)
Inhuman assault by Inginiyagala Police.
Playing for bets is prohibited in Sri Lanka. But the Government has granted permission to Racing Bukis and Casinos. Cards Playing (buruwa) is one of the betting game which is very popular in rural areas. This cards playing (buruwa ) is being done in rural areas of Sri Lanka from the beginning of the month of New Year. Such a cards(Buruwa) playing session was conducted at Namaloya in Inginiyagala , on 4th April. Within one hour after the play had started , at about 11.00 p.m. Constable Roahan, Sergeant Lal of Inginiyagala Police Station and Weerakoon , Chaminda, Karu of Civil Defence Force broke in to that place, assaulted the persons in that place with battons. Due to this assault three persons had been injured and were bleeding. Thereafter, they had arrested seven persons and they were taken to the Inginiyagala Police Station at about 2.00 a.m. There, they had taken their statements and had taken the signatures from them without showing and reading the statements.
Read More >> (2011-05-11)
Open message to Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksha from Sandya Ekneligoda
A period close to 2 years has been passed after the Media man Pradeep Ekneligoda‘s disappearance. While many discussions were built up on his disappearance in various fields, the Media and the Politicians who are closer to the Government were saying that he had disappeared on his own accord. Once the Police Media Spokesman stated that they had gathered considerable amount of information regarding Pradeep’s disappearance and they could not give them to the media at that time, but after their investigations they will publish all the information they had in hand. But so far no result to be seen relevant to Pradeep’s disappearance and we have any report on any person arrested or any case filed regarding Pradeep’s disappearance.
Read More >> (2011-05-11)
A man is hanged and beaten with a bag of chilly powder around his head by Anamaduwa Police
29 years old Ravi Nishantha, married with two children, who maintains a saloon, in Anamaduwa, Mudalakkuliya area was beaten up on suspicion of loosing Rs. 30,000, which was carried by one of his friends, while travelling in a motor cycle, on 17th March 2011. The lost money was belonged to Mr. Pradeep Udayakantha,owner of “Jayani Service Center”in the same area, who is doing business after leaving the Police services and who maintains police connections, well. On an request by Pradeep, Ravi the victim had gone to the Anamaduwa Police station at about 0730pm.Pradeep had met some Police officers and since then no complain was there against Ravi. Ravi saw Pradeep speaking to number of Police officers. After a short while a Police officer took Ravi away , gave some blows to the backside and did shout at Ravi saying “” Tell if you took the money “
Read More >> (2011-05-04)
Pressure to withdraw the Fundamental Rights Petition filed against breaking three teeth from the mouth of a retired teacher
The Supreme Courts had granted permission on 20th April, to continue the proceedings of the Fundamental Rights Petition filed for assaulting Mr K A Hemasiri, a retired teacher and breaking of 3 teeth in his mouth by the O.I.C. of Hakmana police station Mr Hemasiri, resident of Wepathaira, Hakmana, is the United National Party’s regional Manager in Hakmana electorate. On 19th December 2009, he had been participating at a campaign program of the public meeting by the general opposition alliance to be held on 20th December, and Mr. Kamal Amarasinghe, the O.I.C. of the Hakmana police station had arrived there and had assaulted him. The Chief Justice and the panel of judges which consisted of Mrs Shirani Thilakawardana and S I Immam who considered the petition against this inhuman assaulting had granted permission for proceedings of this petition against violation of the clauses 11 and 14, 1 b of the Constitution.
Read More >> (2011-04-29)
Innocent man illegally detained for two and half month on mistaken identity by Anamaduwa police
Mr. Rajakaruna Herath Mudiyanselage Keerthirathna (48) of Surakkulama, Mundalama in the Puttlam district suffered a chronic illness as a result of a serious traffic accident several years ago. He was illegally arrested and detained by police officers attached to the Anamaduwa Police Station on 18 January 2011. Keerathirathna was produced before the Magistrate's Court of Puttalam and remanded until 7 July 2011. Later the relatives learned that police officers had arrested Keerthirathna on mistaken identity with an outdated warrant issued by the same court. Further they learned that the particular suspect of the warrant had already appeared before the court and had been enlarged on bail. Keerthirathna and his relatives complained to the relevant authorities seeking justice but have not received any response. Keerthirathna still has to face the hearing on 7 July 2011.
Read More >> (2011-04-27)
Lanka e news journalist remanded until the 28th
(Lanka-e-News, -26.April.2011, 11.45PM) Following a court order based on charges of contempt of court, Lanka e news journalist Shantha Wijesooriya who was arrested by the Kirindiwala police and produced before Pugoda Magistrate court was remanded until the 28th Thursday . This order was issued by the District court judge Ms. Kumari Abeyratne. The Kirindiwela police who produced Wijesooriya to the court requested to remand him until the 28th as the inquiries are not over yet. When the judge questioned the police as to why the news item purportedly defamatory of the court was not produced, the police replied it had still not been able to procure it. At that stage the Lawyer for the accused , Manjula Pathiraja , produced to court the news item that was reported as well as the corrected news items published.
Read More >> (2011-04-27)
Correction for second time on erroneous report ‘AG’s order to free two more suspects on the grounds there are no charges against them ignored by Magistrate’-our profound apologies
(Lanka-e-News, -26.April.2011, 11.45PM) Following our subsequent inquiries, it had come to light that our article captioned ‘AG’s order to free two more suspects on the grounds there are no charges against them ignored by Magistrate’, posted in our website on the 19th of April is erroneous. The news conveying ‘The Pugoda Magistrate had ignored the Attorney General Dept. letter to the Pugoda Magistrate to release two suspects on the grounds that there is no evidence against them, state the wives of the accused’ is not correct. In the news published ‘the two suspects are police Inspector M S Kalasooriya and constable D Lakshman De Silva who have not been released overriding the AG’s order’, and that part of the news, ‘they have not been released ignoring AG’s advice’ are factually incorrect.
Read More >> (2011-04-27)
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