Hunger strikers injured in fall

[TamilNet, Monday, 21 December 1998, 22:02 GMT]
Two political detainees who were staging a hunger strike against their detention without trial at Kulutura prison, south of Colombo, fell from the prison's roof today, injuring themselves seriously, said sources. They have been taken to Nagoda hospital with fractured legs. Prison sources said the pair had jumped off the roof.

Thirty-six Tamils detainees have been on hunger strike, some since December 13, demanding that the authorities either release them or bring charges against them.

Four of the hunger strikers were admitted to Nagoda hospital on Saturday after their health deteriorated considerably, said sources.

Fifteen detainees began the hunger strike on December 13 and fifteen others joined in the action on December 15. On December 18, nine other detainees also joined the hunger strike.

Meanwhile sources said that the prison officials are having discussions with the detainees in an attempt to urge to prisoners to give up the hunger strike.

Detainees at Kalutura prison began a hunger strike in November last year with the same demands.

However, they called of the strike after government officials agreed to either charge them or release them immediately.

The prisoners have restarted the hunger strike this year, accusing the government of going back on its promises.

Large numbers of political detainees are languishing in Sri Lankan jails, without being brought to trial, say human rights activists. Some have been held for several years without charge.

 

Latest 15 Reports
24.08.19 02:22  
Tamil representatives urged to boycott OMP office opening in Jaffna
24.08.19 00:04   Photo
Despite ending Emergency, Sirisena keeps SL military empowered with police powers
23.08.19 07:04  
SL Forest Department remains unmoved by uprooted Tamils’ demand for resettlement
22.08.19 06:50  
40 parents of missing persons die within 915 days of protest
21.08.19 18:17   Photo
‘Death certificates’ issued to 500 of 3,500 Tamils subjected to enforced disappearance in Ampaa'rai
20.08.19 20:23  
Wigneswaran warns of bleak future for Tamils, urges planning for next step
19.08.19 19:23   Photo
IC sheds crocodile tears over Shavendra appointment, US engages with his war-time chief
18.08.19 23:50   Photo
SL TID detains outspoken Tamil doctor at Pazhai hospital
17.08.19 23:08   Photo
SLA Jaffna commander refuses to release Palaali lands at meeting presided by Wickramasinghe
16.08.19 13:25   Photo
SL Archaeology Department resumes plans to construct controversial ‘chaitya’ at Koonith-theevu
15.08.19 21:39  
Wickramasinghe lacks courage to meet protesting Tamil mothers in North
14.08.19 23:31   Photo
2006 genocidal massacre at Chengchoalai campus marked in Vanni, Jaffna amidst PTA-threats
13.08.19 17:45   Photo
Tamil awareness urged on geopolitics-driven genocidal ‘development’ in Mannaar
12.08.19 20:04   Photo
Percival's 19th century Tamil proverb compilations collated and sorted in new publication
11.08.19 20:32   Photo
PTA-threats against constructing memorial arch for student victims of 2006 aerial massacre
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=2531