Colombo Telegraph

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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