FR petition filed against illegal arrest, detention of Tamils

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 05 December 2007, 13:30 GMT]
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) based in Colombo Tuesday filed a Fundamental Rights Violation petition in the Sri Lanka's Supreme Court seeking to prevent Tamil citizens being arrested without any valid reason and reasonable suspicion. The petition has also sought the Supreme Court to formulate a set of guidelines directing the law enforcement authorities in how to deal with the arrest and detention of persons, legal sources said.

Senior Attorney-at-Law Mohan Balendra filed the FR petition on behalf of the CPA citing the Defence Minister, Defence Secretary, Commanders of the Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force, Inspector General of Police, Nugegoda Police Officer and Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner has sought the Court to order these respondents not to arrest and detain Tamil citizens without valid reason and reasonable suspicion.

The petitioner has brought to the notice of the Supreme Court that in recent days several hundred Tamils have been taken into custody and being detained by the law enforcement authority for only reason that they are all from Tamil community.

The Supreme Court should guarantee that in future that Tamils would not be arrested for only reason that they are Tamils, the petitioner pleads.

The petitioner has begged court to declare that the fundamental rights of hundreds of Tamil citizens have been violated due to unlawful arrest and detention in recent times. Hence the court should order appropriate relief to those affected by these arrests and detention.


Chronology:

 

Latest 15 Reports
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
10.08.19 22:49   Photo
Sinhala encroachers storm into 100 acres of lands at Kanneeraavi in Pulmoaddai
09.08.19 14:28  
SL Forest Department retains 8,034 hectares of pasturelands in Paduvaan-karai, Batticaloa
08.08.19 20:05   Photo
Colombo converts 2000 acres of ex-HSZ lands citing India-assisted airport expansion in Jaffna
07.08.19 23:28   Photo
Book on Santhiya becomes narration of Tamil struggle incorporating Marxist ideas in early 80s
06.08.19 23:27   Photo
State discrimination causes death of 1000 cows, milk production drops by 5,500 litres in Batticaloa
05.08.19 23:55   Photo
Pirapaharan’s statements between 1984 and 1993 reproduced in book form in Europe
04.08.19 23:47   Photo
Threatened female activist suffers injuries in suspicious ‘accident’ in Batticaloa
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=23930