8 civilians seek HRC protection in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 04:18 GMT]
Eight civilians, including a family of five from Thenmaraadchi and three youths sought protection with Human Rights Commission (HRC) Jaffna Monday due to death threats from Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and SLA-backed paramilitary.

The family from Thenmaraadchi consists of the husband 58, wife 52, three sons aged 28, 24 and 14. The youngest son is a student.

Two of the three youths who surrendered themselves to HRC are from Charasaalai and Kodikaamam in Thenmaraadchi while the third is from Achchuveali in Valigaamam.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Sarath N. Silva is expected to officially open a Rehabilitation Centre for persons placed in protective custody with Jaffna Prison on 24 November. The Commissioner of Rehabilitation is also expected to take part in the event.

The Jaffna High Court operating temporarily at Kurunakar in Jaffna is to be shifted to a newly built five story complex in Jaffna town near Subramaniam Park.

The premises at Kurunakar is to be officially opened by the Chief Justice as the Rehabilitation Centre to house the persons placed in protective custody of Jaffna Prison.

Jaffna Prison authorities are engaged in preparations to relocate the persons placed in protective custody with them to the premises in Kurunakar.


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