Sri Lanka's President urged to make Bindunuwewa massacre report public

[TamilNet, Thursday, 02 June 2005, 11:02 GMT]
"The fact that that not a single person could be held guilty for the mass murder of 28 Tamils in the protective custody of the State at Bindunuwewa will further increase the distrust of even the moderate Tamil minorities with the democratic institutions of Sri Lanka" stated Mr. Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in a 24 page report issued on Thursday titled "Sri Lanka:Miscarriage of Justice". On 27 May 2005, the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka acquitted four accused who were earlier sentenced to death by the High Court.

PDF Icon Sri Lanka: Miscarriage of Justice (Full report)


Excerpts from the press release issued by the ACHR on Thursday:

The trial of Bindunuwewa massacre case has been a operation whitewash led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga who ordered a Presidential Commission headed by Justice P. H. K. Kulatilaka but failed to make the report public despite the submission of the same in November 2001.

The Attorney General did not take the findings of the Justice Kulatika Commission of Inquiry and relied on the weak evidences while framing charges. Not a single senior officer present at the massacre site was charged. Even the bullets fired by the police that killed one of the inmates were not entered into evidence.

The report alleged that Sri Lankan government has provided impunity for the killings of innocent Tamil civilians. Not a single security personnel has been prosecuted whether it is in the case of Kokkadicholai massacre of 1991, Kokkuvil massacre of September 1990 or Kumarapuram massacre of February 1996. The cases relating to Kokkuvil massacre or Kumarapuram massacre have been dragging on in the courts.

In the report handed over the Sri Lankan High Commission in New Delhi, ACHR also urged President Kumratunga to instruct the government of Sri Lanka to submit an appeal before the Supreme Court for a review of the judgement of 27 May 2005 and extend invitation to the Special Rapporteur on Independence of Judges and Lawyers to visit Sri Lanka.

Asian Centre for Human Rights also urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour to study all the judgements relating to the Bindunuwewa massacre and consider appointing a High Level Panel of Inquiry into the Bindunuwewa massacre.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.19 23:24  
SL Navy silently extends occupation of coastal lands at Kirimichchai in Batticaloa
20.10.19 23:58   Photo
Sinhala supporters of Gotabhaya encroach into pasturelands in Batticaloa
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=15058