Centre for Policy Alternatives on 9 April, 2008

Arbitrary Arrests & Detentions of Tamil Civilians

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In December 2007 CPA filed a fundamental rights application on the numerous reports with regard to the mass arrest and detention of Tamil persons during search operations carried out in Colombo and the suburbs. CPA further stated that many of the persons who were arrested and detained were not informed of the reasons for their detention and subsequent arrest and that the families of the detainees were not provided with information or receipt of the arrest as per the Presidential Directives on Arrest and Detention. CPA, in its petition sought that immediate steps may be taken to halt the conduct of large scale, ad hoc and arbitrary arrests of persons of Tamil ethnicity in and around the city of Colombo, and to formulate a proper and transparent mechanism and procedures consonant with the Constitutional safeguards, to duly and properly investigate terrorist activities with complete and unretarded safeguards that would effectively secure the fundamental rights of Tamil civilians.

Arbitrary Arrests & Detentions of Tamil Civilians
Arbitrary Arrests & Detentions of Tamil Civilians