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HRC To Decide On Anandi's Complaint

2013 Dec 02

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka is streamlining the case lodged by Northern Provincial Council member Anandi Sasitharan, the wife of former LTTE Trincomalee political head S. Elilan, Commissioner of the Human Right Commission of Sri Lanka Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.

Sasitharan had lodged the complaint against the police with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka regarding a threat to her life. “The complaint was lodged by Sasitharan at the Jaffna branch. The Human Rights Commission is currently streamlining the case to consider whether it falls under the requirements of the commission in order to launch proper investigations.

If the case falls under the 1996 Human Rights Commission Act and complies with Article 14 Chapter 3 of the amendment to the 1978 Constitution, the commission has the authority to take action regarding the complaint,” Mahanamahewa said.

He said that Sasitharan had been part of the demonstration carried out in the North during the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Sasitharan said that she had been followed from the day she organised the demonstration. Sasitharan says she fears for her life and that of her young children as she does not even have police protection despite her house being attacked ahead of the Northern Provincial Council polls. Cameron visited Jaffna while he was in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Summit.

While he was in Jaffna the families of people reported missing staged a demonstration to draw attention to their plight.

Over 150 family members of those missing took part in the demonstration close to the Jaffna library holding up placards and pictures of their missing relatives. (W.K.)

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