18 September, 2018

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Friday Forum Wants Welikada And Vavuniya Prison Riots Reports Make Public

The Friday Forum wants Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms to make public the findings of the two Committees appointed to investigate the events that took place in the Welikada prison and Vavuniya prison.

The Friday Forum today wrote to Chandrasiri Gajadeera, the Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms. On behalf of the Friday Forum former diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala  and Professor. Savitri Goonesekere request an appointment for representatives of the Friday Forum to meet the minister in this regard.

We publish below the letter in full;

5th June 2013.

Hon. Chandrasiri Gajadeera,

Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms,

Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms,

35, N. M. Perera Mawatha,

Colombo 8.

Dear Minister,

An Appeal for the Early Publication of the Reports on the Welikada and Vavuniya Prison Riots

This intervention is made in a spirit of democratic engagement by the Friday Forum, a group of concerned citizens who have come together to consider current issues of public interest with a view to making a contribution to peace, democracy, good governance and social justice in Sri Lanka.

When persons in the custody of a state institution meet with violent death it is a matter of the widest public concern, well beyond the immediate one of the victims and their families.

The Friday Forum wishes to urge you to make public the findings of the Committee appointed to investigate the events that took place in the Welikada prison, Colombo, in November 2012 resulting, inter alia, in the death of some 27 inmates, with 43 inmates injured and 11 inmates reported escaped.

The Friday Forum likewise urges you to make public the findings of the Committee appointed to investigate the events that took place in the Vavuniya prison, in June 2012 resulting, inter alia in the death of 2 inmates out of the 30 inmates reported as injured.

We would be grateful if you would grant an appointment for representatives of the Friday Forum to meet you in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

Jayantha Dhanapala  and Professor. Savitri Goonesekere

on behalf of the Friday Forum- the Group of Concerned Citizens

cc. Secretary to the President.

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    we would like Friday Forum to publish how and where it gets its funds too…

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      People of Sri Lanka wants to know HOW JARA PASSA AND CLAN got so much of money in a short time of Power and support of Heroien dealers and bunch of moron Ministers to suppress innocents, with the governance wested by undemocraticaly.

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      To put together a Press Release or a letter, one needs an old compute and a few minutes of times.

      But to organise a night race? Take 100s of people on international trips?

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      I ask for that too ?

      what I can not believe This woman Prof and Jaynatha Dhanapaala are also into that

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    It is obvious the FF is exploring all avenues for logistical support ,for the “Moderate” Vigils. .

    Over a baker’s dozen of qualified potential recuits for the CPA. FF and other NGO vigilantes perished in the two prisons.

    Watching how the equvivalent of our Moderate Vigilantes in Ankara are going about destroying a good Govt which is working hard to help the less privilegded cousins,.our Human Rightists would have got lot of inspiration.

    So showing solidarity with our Prison inmates, the hardcore in this instance, may be appearing as a worthy investment.as they are planning strategy.

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      You should face the music, with your hand tied and a gun at your head. Then you fool you will realise what the Friday Forum is attempting to achieve.
      Sumane, there have been suckers in this country from time immerial. That is why this country never developed.
      May your tribe disappear at least by the next moon

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      You should face the music, with your hand tied and a gun at your head. Then you fool you will realise what the Friday Forum is attempting to achieve.
      Sumane, there have been suckers in this country from time immemorial. That is why this country never developed.
      May your tribe disappear at least by the next moon

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    Very many other things to check. Why not requesting commission to check WD Lakshman’s family Dept affairs in Colombo University Arts faculty.

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    This is all for Tamils and for the Church.

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