Police begin probe against cops harassing female cops, protestors

A special police investigation has been launched against the Panadura South HQI and his team after they were caught on camera physically assaulting female protestors and female cops who were on duty yesterday. Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told Daily Mirror that following the incident, a special team headed by an ASP from the Panadura Division had been appointed by the Western Province Senior DIG to probe into the harassment caught on camera. Once the probe is completed further action will be taken, Thalduwa said. The video showing the Panadura…

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The principal of the Millaniya incident has been suspended

The Western Province Education Department said that the Principal of the Millaniya Primary School in Horana who was remanded for torturing a group of Grade 5 students will be suspended. Director of the Western Province Education Department Srilal Nonis said a separate investigation is underway over the incident, and the inquiry will be led by an official from the Ministry of Education of the Central Government. Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority Udaya Kumara Amarasinghe said that the police jeep in the custody of the NCPA will be presented…

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Police allegedly torture 10-year-olds with electric shocks

The National Child Protection Authority has launched a separate investigation into an incident where grade 5 students from a school in Millaniya were brutally beaten for allegedly stealing money from a school teacher. Several Grade Five students from the Millaniya Primary School in Horana were accused of stealing money from the bag of a school teacher and were punished by the school teachers, and the teachers themselves handed over the students to the local police. Parents allege that students were taken away by police intimidated by electric shock treatment inside…

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Police Sub-Inspector arrested over Matara shooting

A Sub-Inspector has been interdicted by the Police and has been arrested by a special Police team which is conducting an investigation into the shooting of a 15-year old boy in Thihagoda, Matara. The Police Spokesperson said that during a scuffle with a police officer, the officer’s firearm was accidentally discharged and the 15-year old was injured. The Police said that steps were taken to inspect a suspicious three-wheeler in Naimbula,​​Thihagoda. Three people had fled while two others were taken into police custody. It was during this process that one…

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HRC demands answers from IGP for police violence at Galle Face

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has demanded an explanation from the IGP for Sunday’s police violence at Galle Face Green against people, including children, who were peacefully commemorating those who had fallen in the Aragalaya. The HRCSL decided to launch an investigation of its own volition and has given the IGP 24 hours to explain on what grounds police dispersed the commemoration. Footage of police brutality against two small children who had come with their parents to Galle Face Green has gone viral on social media worldwide and…

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Suppression of rights using the Prevention of Terrorism Act

Under the infamous PTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) enacted in 1979, the defense minister could detain anyone for 90 days on “suspicion of terrorist activities”. The Defense Minister can extend the detention up to 180 days. The PTA gives the police broad powers to arbitrarily arrest and detain anyone without charge.The use of torture to obtain confessions by the police in Sri Lanka is allowed to present these “confessions” as evidence in court.The government has the power under the PTA to ban any organization it deems “terrorist,” and it can…

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Illegal arrests and illegal detentions damage the legal system

By BASIL FERNANDO Illegal arrests and illegal detentions do not only harm individuals, they also cause irreparable damage to the legal system as a whole. The recent wave of arrests of those who have participated in peaceful demonstrations has not only caused serious damage to the life and liberty of these individuals but they have caused even much greater damage to the entire legal system of Sri Lanka. This damage will continue to make its impact felt on the system long after these particular incidents have passed and even been…

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Expressing concern over the statement issued by the HRC

The  Sri  Lanka  Collective  Against  Torture  (SLCAT)  is  gravely  concerned  about  the  statement  issued by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) dated 30 June 2022 titled ‘HRCSL  condemns  the  false  media  broadcast  made  by  the  President  of  the  Committee for  Protecting  Rights of Prisoners’.   The Commission, at the conclusion of its inquiry into the allegation made by Mr. Senaka Perera,  President of the Committee for Protecting Rights of Prisoners, that imprisoned persons were used  on  9 May  2022  to attack  peaceful  protestors, makes many assertions and allegations  that…

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HR Commission tells AG to file criminal action about Rambukkana shooting

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has advised the Attorney General to Investigate and file appropriate criminal proceedings against SSP K. B. Keerthiratne with regard to the Rambukkana Shooting. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka also directed the Inspector General of Police to take disciplinary action against Former SSP for Kegalle K. B. Keerthiratne over the Rambukkana shooting. The HRCSL in a statement said that the report on the shooting on protestors by police was prepared and is ready. “Orders to shoot at people who were running away,…

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Are you a victim of torture?

The Right to Life human rights center and the Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture held the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the occasion of “Are You a victim of Torture?” A panel discussion was held on the 27th at the BMICH. Former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission Ambika Sathkulanathan, retired Senior DIG Priyantha Jayakody and Executive Director of Right to Life Human Rights Center Philip Dissanayake were the chief guests at the event. They discussed how the government has acted against peaceful protests in the…

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