UN Working Group on Arbitrary detention asks for reform of excesive use of preventive prison in Sri Lanka

16 December 2017 - 68   - 0

 The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, visiting Sri Lanka, today requested reforms to address the excessive use of pretrial detention and update the current legal framework.

The delegation of that international organization declared in a statement that it visited prisons, police stations, institutions for minors, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to assess their conditions.

While recognizing Colombo's participation in United Nations human rights mechanisms, and its adherence to the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, they called for urgent action to comply with the government's commitments in its National Action Plan for Human Rights 2017 -2021.

The right to personal freedom is still not respected by law enforcement, security, judicial and other authorities, expressed the experts in the statement.

The note added that the judicial proceedings were affected by excessive and unjustified delays, the suspects remained detained indefinitely, while the rights to the presumption of innocence are not fully recognized.

The UN delegation also called for the abolition of laws and special powers enacted during the state of emergency, which includes the Terrorism Prevention Act of 1979, one of the key enabling of arbitrary detention for more than four decades.

It also paid attention to the deprivation of liberty of persons in situations of vulnerability, such as children, women, the elderly, the disabled and the poor.

  Comments - 0

  • Leave a comment

Top Stories

Uva Chief Minister granted bail

Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayaka, who had surrendered to the Badulla Police over charges of forcing a school principal to kneel befor...

23 January 2018 - Views : 31

Singapore and Sri Lanka, dismissing protests, sign free trade agreement

23 January 2018

Bond Commission and PRECIFAC reports tabled in Parliament

23 January 2018

LG Elections: SC rejects SLPP petition

23 January 2018



Features & Analysis

Sattiya classical dance recital by Dr. Meernanda BarthakurĀ at the Indian Cultural Centre

Sattriya, the new form of Indian classical dance from Assam is to be performed by Dr. Meernand aBarthakur on January ...

United World College National Committee in Sri Lanka offers scholarships to students

The United World College National Committee in Sri Lanka (UWC SL) invites high school students to apply for entry in ...

Celebrating India and Sri Lanka at 70

To celebrate 70 years of independence of India and Sri Lanka and to mark the 69th Republic Day of India, the Hig...

FIFA World Cup Trophy tour in Colombo

Football’s coveted prize, the World Cup will visit Sri Lanka as one of its destinations in an around-the-world ...