SAR appeals to SL President to locate disappeared Vice-chancellor Raveendranath

[TamilNet, Saturday, 23 December 2006, 22:40 GMT]
Scholars At Risk (SAR), an international network of universities and colleges dedicated to promoting academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of thought, opinion and expression -freedoms essential to any healthy society, operating from New York, has written Thursday to the President of Sri Lanka expressing concern about the disappearance of Professor S. Raveendranath, Vice Chancellor of Eastern University, reported missing since Friday 15 December.

The following is the letter written to President Mahinda Rajapakse by Robert J. Quinn, the Director of Sholars At Risk, New York:

Dear President Rajapakse: I am writing on behalf of Scholars at Risk to express urgent concern about the disappearance of Professor S. Raveendranath, Vice Chancellor of Eastern University. Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of universities and colleges dedicated to promoting academic freedom and its constituent freedoms of thought, opinion and expression -freedoms essential to any healthy society. Through our network, SAR arranges temporary academic positions in third countries for scholars threatened or persecuted at home. In especially urgent cases, we intervene on behalf of scholars still under threat in their home countries. According to published news reports, Professor Raveendranath disappeared Friday, December 15, after leaving a meeting in central Columbo and has not been seen since. We are greatly concerned about his physical well being, not least because in September of this year unidentified gunmen demanding Prof. Raveendranath's resignation kidnapped the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Eastern University, Professor Bala Sugmar, and because in the months thereafter Professor Raveendranath received repeated death threats demanding he abandon his post.

We therefore respectfully urge you to exhaust every available resource to locate Dr. Raveendranath and to ensure his safe and timely return to the university. Professor Raveendranath's sudden disappearance not only raises the most urgent concerns for his physical well being, but is a significant blow to the Sri Lankan higher education sector in which he has played a leading role. Recognizing the courage and resolve of Sri Lankan universities and education professionals in the face of war and natural disaster, we request that you use the current situation as an opportunity to improve protection for higher education institutions throughout the country-for leadership, scholars, students and staff alike-both by dedicating the necessary resources to ensure the security of campuses and personnel, and by issuing firm condemnations of attacks on higher education institutions and affirmations of the importance of academic freedom of scholarship in Sri Lankan society. We appreciate your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely, Robert J. Quinn Director SCHOLARS AT RISK N E T W O R K

 

Latest 15 Reports
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
16.07.16 13:37   Photo
SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University
15.07.16 23:51   Photo
Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North
14.07.16 23:52  
SL Commander of 58 Division twists lists at Mullaiththeevu Magistrates’ Court
13.07.16 23:31   Photo
SL military deployed to rob material remains of houses in Valikaamam North ‘HSZ’ 
12.07.16 13:10   Photo
Colombo demonstrates military diktats over resettlement in Jaffna after Geneva ‘update’
11.07.16 23:03   Photo
Sinhala goons, monk erect Buddha statue by force at coastal Tamil village in East
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=20709