Case of alleged torture, illegal arrest and detention of Liyanage Pasindu Yasantha Perera by some officers of Kalutara District Crime Division

CASE NARRATIVE: On the morning of 18th May 2020, Police officers attached to the Kalutara District Crime Division of the Kalutara Police arrested the complainant. From the time of arrest until the complainant was brought to the Kalutara District Crime Division he was beaten by the police officers. The police officers tied the complainant’s hands together and then wrapped his hands and his whole body with a heavy metal chain. The complainant was then hung by his feet from a top plank of a bunk bed to which a pulley…

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Release poet and drop spurious charges against him

The arrest and ongoing detention of award-winning author and poet Shakthika Sathkumara on spurious charges are a clear violation of his right to freedom of expression, CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance and the Asian Human Right Commission (AHRC), said today ahead of his next court hearing on 18 June. Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested on 1 April 2019 by the Polgahawela Police in response to a complaint alleging that Sathkumara’s short story ‘Ardha’ (Half) was derogatory and defamatory to Buddhism. The story is allegedly about homosexuality and child abuse in a Buddhist…

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Sri Lankan police arrested in death of two businessmen and other stories

This week Just Asia begins with Sri Lanka, where investigations are ongoing into the abduction and murder of two businessmen from Rathgama. Until now, two police officers have already been arrested. Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department has revealed that the two businessmen, Manjula Asela and Rashin Chinthaka were abducted and murdered, and their bodies were then burnt. Just Asia speaks to Basil Fernando, Director of Policy and Program Development, AHRC, for details. Next, in the Philippines, Senator Leila de Lima marked her second year in detention last Sunday. She was…

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W.N.L.K.Fernando vs Police Inspector Ranjith and others S.C.F.R.Application No.612/09

”Petitioner then states that he was assaulted, arrested and detained unlawfully by the 1st to 4th respondents. Accordingly, he alleges that his fundamental rights guaranteed under Articles 11, 12 (1), 13 (1) and 13 (2)3 were violated by the 1st to 4th Respondents. However, having heard the parties, this Court on 09.09.2011 granted leave to proceed, only with the application for the alleged violation of the rights guaranteed in terms of Articles 11 and 13(1) of the Constitution;”. read full judgment>>  

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