sabato 15 dicembre 2012

Sri Lanka - Crackdown on students spreads further

One student is believed to have been released on bail, but many more have been arrested. Several are held incommunicado, putting them at much greater risk of torture.
One of the four detained students, Kaneshamurthy Sudarsan, has been released on bail, according to local press. P. Tharshananth, Sanmugam Solaman and K.Jenemajeyamenan are still in Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) custody. They are not known to have been produced before either the Vavuniya or Jaffna Magistrate and their families have been given no written notification of their detention or the charges against them. Officials at the TID Office in Vavuniya refused to allow Sanmugam Solaman's parents to visit him, and told them that the students had been transferred to a “Rehabilitation” centre in Welikanda, a long way from Jaffna.

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Object: Crackdown on students spreads further

Dear Inspector General,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to release the students or charge them with a recognizably criminal offence and to try them promptly in accordance with internationally recognized safeguards.
I urge you to ensure that the detainees are treated in accordance with international standards, especially that they are not tortured and are given full access to their lawyers, families and any medical attention they may require.
I call on you to end restrictions on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, including religious gatherings and other commemorative activities, and bring to justice those who attack such gatherings.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Dear Inspector General
Inspector General of Police
N K Illangakoon
New Secretariat, Colombo 1
Sri Lanka
Fax: +94 11 244 0440

Salutation: Dear Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Ministry Of Defence and Urban
15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka
Fax: +94 11 254 1529

And copies to:

Secretary, Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission
No. 108 Barnes Place, Colombo 07,
Sri Lanka
Fax: +94 11 268 9558

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

SRI LANKA (Repubblica democratica socialista di)
Via Adige, 2 - 00198 Roma
Tel. 068554560 068840801 - Fax 0684241670

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