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CHR condemns the decision to hold exams for Allied health Sciences students A decision made to suppress students

2014 May 23

Center for Human Rights and Research (CHR) has written to the Vice Chancellor of Peradeniya University requesting him to rethink the decision to hold exams for Allied Health Sciences students given the prevailing turbulent situation. The university administration must attempt to seek an acceptable solution to the issues faced by the students, with the participation of all stakeholders, instead of holding exams with intension of suppressing students, CHR’s Executive Director,  Keerthi  Tennakoon said in his letter.

“It is obvious that some parties are attempting to brutally suppress students who are engaged in peaceful demonstrations to seek redress to issues that affect their entire lives. The Allied Health Sciences issue is the biggest issue in higher  education this year and solving this issue is beyond the university, it is a question about formulating a national education policy”, Tennakoon said.

He added that instead of finding a sustainable solution to the crisis the university administration is attempting to suppress students by holding exams despite the stiff opposition of the students. Commenting on the recent assault, arrest and torture of Allied Health Sciences students by police, CHR director said that these students , the crème de la crème of Sri Lankan youth, do not deserve to be treated like criminals and that the university administrators should listen to the university lecturers, trade unions politicians and other enlightened sections who have increasingly become sympathetic to the students.

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