Muttur Magistrate directs SL Police to provide details of arrested
[TamilNet, Monday, 16 January 2006, 16:23 GMT]
Mr.Manickavasagar Ganesharajah, Muttur Magistrate at a conference held
Monday directed the authorities concerned to submit all names, other
details of persons arrested, and the reasons for their arrests in Tamil
areas in the government controlled territory in Muttur division. The failure to furnish these details with valid legal reasons
could lead to serious human right violations, Mr.Ganesharajah cautioned.
Representatives of the International Committee of Red cross (ICRC) and the
Officer-in-Charge of the Muttur Police attended the discussion, sources said.
Muttur Magistrate told ICRC representatives and Police that he has been
informed of several arrests of persons in Tamil areas in the government
controlled villages in the Muttur division.
He stressed at the discussion that police and armed forces should be aware that Sri Lanka is a signatory to the Geneva Convention of
1949, which considers harassing innocent civilians and ill-treating the
detainees during war, as punishable crimes. Police and armed forces should
formulate their operational activities based on the Geneva Convention, he said.
Mr.Ganesharajah instructed the police to implement his instruction
properly, legal sources said.