Lohan Ratwatte In Hot Water Over Anuradhapura Prison Fiasco: Tamil MP Calls For UNHRC Intervention To Ensure Justice

September 15, 2021

State Minister of Prisons Lohan Ratwatte is now in hot waters over an incident involving Tamil prisonsers in the Anuradhapura prison.

TNA MP Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam urged the international community, especially the UNHRC, to look into the matter and push for corrective action.

"The TNPF can confirm that on the evening of the 12th of September the State Minister for Prisons has gone to the Anuradhapura prisons, summoned the Tamil political prisoners and had got two of them to kneel in front of him," Ponnambalam said.

The State Minister had them pointed his personal firearm at them and had threatened to kill them on the spot, he added.

"The TNPF condemns in the strongest possible terms this dastardly behaviour of the State Minister. Tamil political prisoners are already traumatised for being held in detention under one of the most draconian pieces of legislation known to the world, the PTA," the Parliamentarian stated.

He added, "To have the Minister who is supposed to look after their affairs threaten to kill them can’t possibly make their trauma any worse! The TNPF calls for the immediate resignation of the minister and for him to be stripped of all portfolios.

The TNPF wishes to point out to the Co-group of countries on Sri Lanka at the UNHRC to understand the futility of the UNHRC and containing Sri Lanka within a institution that will never deliver on a reluctant state that has mastered the art of avoiding accountability.

That a minister can behave in this manner when UNHRC’s gaze is on Sri Lanka,only shows how unperturbed the state is with regards to the UNHRC. If Sri Lanka is not taken beyond the UNHRC to the ICC as a matter of urgency, the plight of Tamil victims stand to deteriorate far more."

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