CWC files FR petition against mass arrest, detention of Tamils

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 December 2007, 19:43 GMT]
The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Thursday filed a Fundamental Rights Violation petition in the Supreme Court seeking the court to prevent further arrest and detention of Tamil people without any valid reason and reasonable suspicion. This is the second FR violation petition filed in the Supreme Court against the mass arrest and detention of Tamil residents. The first FR petition was filed Tuesday by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), sources said.

CWC, a constituent of the government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse, cited the Defence Minister, Defence Secretary, commanders of the three armed forces and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and respective police officers involved in the arrests as respondents in its petition. The President is holding the post of Defence Minister.

About 2000 Tamils persons were arrested on December 1 and 2 in Colombo and its suburbs. Around 400 of them had been sent to Boosa detention Centre located down south of the country, the petition said.


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