TRO collects details of released PTA detainees
[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 February 2003, 13:56 GMT]
The Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) is planning to collect names
and other details of Tamil youths and others arrested under the Prevention
of Terrorism Act (PTA) and released after languishing several years in
prisons in the south of the country without trial, for want of evidence and
for other reasons, sources said.
The Trincomalee district co-ordinating secretary of the TRO
Mr.K.Mathavarajah Saturday appealed to all who were charged under the
Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) released from prisons in the Trincomalee
district to register themselves with necessary details at the Trincomalee
office of the TRO located at 41, Thakkiya Lane, Trincomalee before 1 st of
March this year.
Mr.Mathavarajah issued a press statement Saturday in this
regard, sources said
Hundreds of Tamil youths continue to languish in Kalutara and other prisons
south even after the ceasefire agreement between the United National Front
government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) came into force
February last year, human rights activists said. Several youths
are detained solely on their confessions taken by security forces under
or threat of violence, human rights sources said.
Tamil political prisoners now being detained at Kalutara prisons held
hunger strike on several occasions demanding their release immediately.
However the Tamil youths agreed to giveup their hunger strikes after
were given by Tamil politicians and UNF government ministers that they would
released without delay.
Meanwhile the Defence Minister told categorically in parliament recently
that it is not the opportune time to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism
Act. He made this statement when the parliament was debating a private
member motion moved by a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian
Mr.A.Vinayagamoorthy demanding the removal of the PTA from the Statute Book.