UN HR Committee orders SL to pay compensation

23 November 2016 04:09 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee had officially informed the Sri Lankan Government yesterday of its decision to order the government to pay compensations to a Canadian man who was allegedly tortured in Sri Lanka.

The UN Committee had reached its decision last week.

According to foreign media reports, the 46-year-old Roy Samathanam had been arrested by the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) on charges of having links with the LTTE.

Samathanam had allegedly been tortured during his detention in custody from 2007 to 2010 and forced to sign a confession which said that he was involved with the LTTE.

He had arrived in Canada after he was released from custody in 2010. The Canadian Centre for International Justice had assisted Samathanam to file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee.

According to reports, Sri Lanka has been given a time period of 180 days by the Committee, within which it should report back on the steps taken in connection with the committee’s decision.

When contacted by Daily Mirror, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said that they had been informed of the decision and that the incident should be examined by the authorities, such as the Justice Ministry and the Attorney General’s Department.

“It’s too early make further comments,” Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 8

  • Rom Wednesday, 23 November 2016 08:59 AM

    Do you have any idea how many of our Sinhalese will be bard then?

    Confused Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:01 AM

    Are you saying all the people who gained refugee status because of the action of the Government

    Be Fair Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:24 AM

    Wonder how the UN will compensate people who were tortured by the LTTE. Ah forget, that never happened

    damithw Wednesday, 23 November 2016 04:36 PM

    Then billions of dollars has to be paid to Afghan , Iraqi , Libyan and now siriyan , refugees who were tortured by CIA , M16 and other intelligence services of US , British , Israel governments .. where is Human Rights for those Iraqis , and Libyans..

    Flat white Wednesday, 23 November 2016 09:53 AM

    Most will be Sinhalese who fled 3rd world SL to western developed first world countries as economic refugees

    MP for Ja-ela Wednesday, 23 November 2016 02:21 PM

    How can they order us to pay? Who are they?!

    kato Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:47 AM

    we just have to reply that we arrested him with the evidence that we had on him & make the case how we wanted like how u.n made favour for him after all u.n always a sympathisers for ltte via DM Android App

    S B Lokuge Wednesday, 23 November 2016 07:51 AM

    The Sri Lankan government should not allow any one to come back to the country who has gain citizenship in another country as a refugee. These economic refugees who claimed harassment, torture etc to gain refugee status, should be banned from entering the country.

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