Extrajudicial killing – Southern activists wake up

More than 44 civil society activists and 14 organisations have demanded an independent investigation into the killing of suspects while in Sri Lankan police custody.

In a letter has been sent to the Inspector General of Police, The civil society organisations and activists are urging IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to convert the Sri Lanka Police Department to an institute that respects human rights.

Among the civil society activists signing the public petition were Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, senior journalist Victor Ivan, Attorney-at-law Dr Nimalka Fernando, Fr. Rohan Silva, Dharmasiri Lankapeli, Ruki Fernando and Upali Kolambage. This letter has also been signed by 14 civil society organisations including Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association and Young Lawyers’ Association.

The letter calls for the enforcement of the law against all police officers who are responsible for the killings, despite the information being provided about the killings of the suspects in police custody.

Meantime, Scotland has recently confirmed that it will be halting training for Sri Lankan Police officers in response to the alleged human rights violations backed by state, following communications exerted from the United Nations.

Sri Lankan forces had carried out hundreds of extrajudicial killings against Tamils but south based activists have kept silent on those days however now they face the same atrocities from their own forces.

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