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Manoharan to petition UNHRC

2013 Aug 16

Dr Kasippillai Manoharan, the father of Ragihar Manoharan, one of the five students killed in Trincomalee in 2006, is to submit a petition to the UN Human Rights Council in September calling on the Sri Lankan government to make public a 2006 Presidential Commission report into 16 serious human rights violations.

The UN Human Rights Council will meet in September in Geneva and with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay visiting Sri Lanka this month, Sri Lanka is expected to be discussed at the September session of the council.

Amnesty International quoted Dr Manoharan as saying that he had given evidence to the Commission in that case and so he has a right to know what is in that report.

“I believe it will reveal the names of my son’s killers and expose what really happened,” he said.

Dr Manoharan has been fighting for an international investigation into his son’s killing.

Twelve police Special Task Force (STF) are in remanded over their alleged involvement in the murder of the five students in Trincomalee in 2006.

The incident referred to as the ‘Trincomalee massacre’, occurred when the five Tamil high school students playing by the beach were briefly detained and then shot dead.

The incident drew a huge outcry among human rights groups calling on the government to bring to justice those killed in the incident.

The killing of the five students was also mention by non-governmental organisations at the UNHRC in March this year. (Colombo Gazette)

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