HRC attends problems of Thenmaradchchi fishermen
[TamilNet, Monday, 19 July 2004, 17:11 GMT]
The Jaffna regional office of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
(HRCSL) Monday invited the Jaffna area commander of the Sri Lanka Army
Major General Susil Chandrapala for a discussion on the problems confronted
by fishermen of Kohilakandy in Thenamaradchchi south division in Jaffna
district, fisheries societies sources said.
Date for the discussion will be fixed once the SLA acknowledged the
invitation, the sources said.
Kohilakandy fishermen for the last four years have been undergoing immense
difficulties in running their day to day lives due to several restrictions
imposed by the SLA on them in fishing. These fishermen had lodged several
complaints that the soldiers were harassing them in the name of checking
their nets and fishing gear. Soldiers had damaged nets during checking,
according to a memorandum submitted by the Kohilakandy Fishermen Society to the Human Rights Commission.
HCRSL has now invited Major General Susil Chandrapala for a discussion
based on the memorandum of Kohilakandy fishermen. Kohilakandy fisheries
society representatives would attend the discussion, the sources said.