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HRCSL team to probe Welikada incident

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is preparing to send an investigation team to look into the Welikada prison incident which claimed 27 lives, Human Rights Commissioner Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa said yesterday.

The commissioner said an investigation team would be deployed soon to carry out an investigation over the riot. Dr. Mahanamahewa said the HRCSL would investigate the entire incident and issue a report soon.

He also said following the issuance of the report, senior prison officers would be summoned before the Human Rights Commission.

Expressing his views over the prison riot, Dr. Mahanamahewa claimed that the guardians should be held responsible for the incident as they should have looked after the inmates in a proper manner. “The safety of every inmate is under the guardians. However, the guardians have not properly monitored the prison,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mahanamahewa further observed that the time has come to take structural changes in the prison administration by making speedy arrangements to separate remand prisoners from the hard-core, drug addicted and convicted prisoners.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 12

  • Fazli Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:53 AM

    I am sure he will withdraw his team, if deployed, soon

    perumal Tuesday, 13 November 2012 02:07 AM

    White-washing team goes into action! Hoh, hoh!!

    Cool Hand Luke. Tuesday, 13 November 2012 02:34 AM

    And the report will never see the light of day!

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 13 November 2012 04:20 AM

    What happened in this incident is State Savagery. However savagery has become a part and parcel of this country, shamelessly higher than what happens in more populous countries such as China and India. It is the duty of a State to be responsible for anyone under her custody. This humbug commission will make many statements, investigate and then sit with the present regime and draft a twisted corrupt report that will not hold anyone responsible in the end, thereby calling for only reform which again will take a back seat.

    Srimal Tuesday, 13 November 2012 05:05 AM

    Lots of human lives losts. This is what happened when you try to control people by using military actions. This is very similar in Sri Lanka now. Government is trying to put down/control people voice by military involement. End results will be worse....

    Dayasiri Totta baba. Tuesday, 13 November 2012 05:11 AM

    This is quite ok for the lawyers and their followers. but how ever still SL law can't control any kind of robberies, thuggery, murders illicit drug handling etc. when ever and wherever any culprit get caught number of well said lawyers goes behind them. general public still suffer.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 13 November 2012 06:07 AM

    Despite, metal detectors, CCTV, GPS surveillance?

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 13 November 2012 07:05 AM

    In Europe, USA and even India prisoners have much more rights than in SL, but how come many of those prisoners come out civilised and reformed unlike in SL?

    Edward Tuesday, 13 November 2012 07:25 AM

    they now can rich too

    DillonDP Tuesday, 13 November 2012 08:23 AM

    Human Rights Commission .... Probing ??? He He HEE

    Nodrog Tuesday, 13 November 2012 08:54 AM

    Amazing how so many morons have already come to a conclusion of the outcome of the report before its even written. Typical of a warped mind mentality.

    Lobo Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:16 PM

    Who knows maybe you'll have to eat your own words when the report comes out.

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