Condition of fasting prisoners worsens

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 13 March 2007, 00:39 GMT]
The condition of 43 Tamil political prisoners on hunger strike for the third consecutive day in Welikada Prison is fast deteriorating, prison officials said. The prisoners have been held in Welikade for more than a year without charges. The prisoners are demanding immediate release or be provided bail, and their cases be transferred to courts in their own districts, relatives of the prisoners said.

The political prisoners from the districts of Jaffna, Batticaloa, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Badulla and Hatton have been kept in the prison for more than one year, without any trial. The prisoners said they will giveup their fast only when the Minister of Justice, Dylan Perera, visits them and gives due assurances.

Six Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians, Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Vanni District, K. Sivanesan, Jaffna District, K. Pathmanathan, Amparai District, S. Jeyananthamoorthy, Batticaloa District, P. Ariyaneththiran, Batticaloa District, and M. K. Eelaventhan, visited the political prisoners on Sunday and requested them to give up their fasting until Mr. Dylan Perera, who is away from the country, returns home.

The political prisoners refused to accede to the request.

Earlier, 22 Tamil political prisoners from neighboring Magazine Prison gave up fasting campaign after the Minister of Justice gave assurances that he will expedite legal procedures of their cases.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.09.17 23:32   Photo
Sinhala colonisation stepped up, genocidal system cannot be transformed through ‘consensus’
21.09.17 22:14   Photo
Champoor Tamils’ security, livelihood threatened by US military partnership with genocidal Sri Lanka
20.09.17 23:37   Photo
Sathasivam papers on Sumerian-Tamil connections see the light of day
19.09.17 22:53  
Tamil village in Batticaloa-Polonnaruwa border Sinhalicized by Mahaweli authority, Survey Dept
18.09.17 18:18   Photo
Uprooted people find houses destroyed by SL Navy in Ira'nai-theevu after 2008
17.09.17 22:07  
Muslims oppose Colombo's ‘Sinhala-only’ policy in public administration of Ampaa'rai
16.09.17 23:49  
Families of enforced disappeared want answers, no deceptive bills to genocidal system
15.09.17 23:30   Photo
30th remembrance of Lt Col Thileepan strengthens resolve among Eezham Tamils
14.09.17 22:52   Photo
Sirisena’s Mahaweli ministry twists old records to Sinhalicize Paduvaankarai
13.09.17 16:39  
EPRLF opposes 20A to SL Constitution, ITAK duo wrongs again says Premachandran
12.09.17 23:17   Photo
Alienate lands to Sinhala colonists or face transfer: SL Governor warns Tamil DS in Vanni
11.09.17 12:10  
Risking legal action, Hakeem wants to transfer lands to Hizbulla’s colony in Batticaloa
10.09.17 23:24   Photo
Uprooted fishermen vow to continue their fight for Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
09.09.17 23:29  
Mano Ganesan’s NGO Secretariat restricts freedom of organisation in Batticaloa
08.09.17 19:23  
I'rakkaamam Police behaves as occupying Sinhala Force: Muslims
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=21544