"Human rights cases denied adequate aid"

[TamilNet, Thursday, 17 December 1998, 22:57 GMT]
The Director of the Trincomalee Legal Aid Centre, Mr. Sivapalan, said that the Sri Lankan Government does not give adequate help to those who file human rights cases. Mr Sivapalan, who is also a lawyer, made these comments while speaking at a seminar to mark Human Rights Day.

For non human rights cases the courts normally award legal aid costs of between Rs 5000 and Rs 25,000, he added.

The lawyer went on to criticise the inability of human rights organisations to take action against human rights violations.

He took the example of the Human Rights Commission, established by the present government as part of its commitment to the observance of Human Rights.

The lawyer explained that while the Commission is able to take evidence on human rights violations and make suggestions it unable to order investigations. Mr. Sivapalan pointed out that this meant the commission could not even order an investigation into the alleged existence of mass graves at Chemmani, a potentially serious breach of human rights observance.

Meanwhile, residents of Thambalakamam told the EPDP councillor, S.Nanthakumar, and the group's leader for the Trincomalee district that they were afraid of random firing by Sri Lankan Police stationed there.

The residents told the councillors their concerns at the funeral of Naguleswaran held today.

Naguleswaran was shot dead by random firing from the Sri Lankan Police on December 13.

The residents complained that the trigger happy police even fired bullets to pluck young coconuts from trees.

 

Latest 15 Reports
12.07.20 10:04  
Sinhala Police OIC hit Tamil women with vehicle for opposing monks-led heritage ‘task force’
11.07.20 03:40   Photo
CBK, Kadirgamar condemned at Navaali genocidal massacre remembrance event
10.07.20 00:05   Photo
SL Police harasses Shivajilingam at 25th Remembrance of Navaali massacre in Jaffna
09.07.20 09:33  
SL Navy brutally assaults Tamil fishers in Mullaith-theevu
08.07.20 16:33   Photo
Sinhala colonists encroach into Kangku-veali, Mean-kamam reservoirs in Trincomalee
07.07.20 19:36   Photo
Colombo schemes to expand ilmenite scooping into North from Pulmoaddai in East
06.07.20 19:06  
Colombo transfers Tamil Political Prisoners to notorious Anuradhapura prison
05.07.20 23:06   Photo
University students, Shivajilingam brave SL harassment to commemorate fallen Black Tigers
04.07.20 22:28   Photo
Monk commanding Sinhala-Buddhicisation of North-East threatens Tamil villagers in Batticaloa
03.07.20 19:28   Photo
After Naavat-kuzhi, Colombo targets Poonakari for Sinhala colonisation across Jaffna lagoon
02.07.20 22:26  
Colombo imposes restrictions on Tamil valour related symbolism in schools of North
01.07.20 13:22  
New secret unit among four SL military and police squads competing to arrest Tamil youth in North
30.06.20 22:10  
Tamils blocked from accessing properties near SL Navy training base in Champoor, Trincomalee
29.06.20 23:29   Photo
Moragoda advising Gotabaya prompts Sinhala parties to scrap Provincial Councils
28.06.20 22:06  
India privileging BRIC/RIC over Quad ‘discordant’, says former US top diplomat
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2514