Norwegian delegation visits Vavuniya

[TamilNet, Thursday, 24 September 1998, 09:06 GMT]
A group of lawyers in Vavuniya told a visiting Norwegian delegation that ninety percent of confessions obtained from young detainees were not factual, said sources there.

The Norwegian delegation, including the first secretary of the Royal Norwegian embassy in Colombo and other high ranking officials from Ministry of Justice and Immigration department visited Vavuniya on Monday, September 21, on a fact finding mission.

The delegation found out about the general situation in the town, the status of displaced people, the standard of living in welfare centres and the treatment of people arrested on suspicion, the sources added.

The delegation also made several inquiries about the implementation of emergency regulations and the human rights situation in general.

Lawyers told the delegation that under the prevailing emergency regulations the security forces are given widespread powers to arrest any Tamil, the source said.

When someone is arrested from a displaced family living in a welfare centre, the rest of the family is often not informed of the arrest and this can lead to the break up of the family. In such situations, the lawyers added, the family also does not always receive the necessary legal assistance that they are entitled to, the source added.

The delegation also met the UNHCR representative, ICRC officials, the Government Agent (GA), human rights activists and other government officials.

 

Latest 15 Reports
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
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’ 
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2088