UN Sri Lanka condemns any ill treatment of prisoners

The United Nations (UN) office in Sri Lanka says it condemns any ill treatment of prisoners.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer-Hamdy said that it is the duty of the State, as per the Mandela Rules, to protect the rights of prisoners.

“In our work on prison reform and drug rehabilitation UN Sri Lanka works to strengthen capacities to uphold the rights of all those in custody and condemns any ill treatment of prisoners,” Hanaa Singer-Hamdy tweeted.

Her tweet comes amidst allegation that State Minister for Prison Management Lohan Ratwatte had threatened to kill prisoners.

Ratwatte had allegedly gone to the Anuradhapura prison on Sunday 12th September and forced two prisoners to kneel and threatened to kill them.

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) have called for the sacking of the State Minister over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. A note to His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in relation to his attempt to seek the Western established organisation to get justice.

    His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has failed to understand the difference between the knowledgeable developed countries vs. developing countries. What about the killing in North America and Australasia by the westerners. Conservative scholars have recorded around100 million people were eliminated, Non-conservative scholars have recorded around 200 million people were eliminated to take over North America and Australasia. What about the slave trade by the West? Check how many Africans were died during the transportation because of the bad condition; they were simply shipped as sheep. What about the First and Second World Wars? Who created terrorism in Afghanistan to defeat Russia? You just can’t say that Westerners are angels and they deserve to be the world police. You need to look in perspective to conclude who is capable to provide the justice. Give time to developing countries, they will think and do better as the Western countries. We are talking about human evolution, it will take centuries.

    Jesus said ‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her’

  2. I am happy to criticise Sri Lankans, Indians, and Chinese to make them think, but I will never join with the West. If I do, I have gained nothing by living in the west for three decades as a writer and reading more than 300 books to enhance my knowledge about world history, political systems and global economy.

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