HRCSL aims to strengthen rule of law - HRCSL Chairman
COLOMBO: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) aims to
strengthen the rule of law through prevention of torture and by
protecting human rights to enhance the trust and confidence of the
public through developed methods of investigations, said HRCSL Chairman
Justice S. Ananda Coomaraswamy in a message to mark the International
Day in Support of Victims of Torture -2007.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka held a special programme to
mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture -2007 at the
Kalutara Police Training College recently.
HRCSL Inquiries and Investigations Director Samanthie Jayamanna
Paranagama and HRCSL Legal Officer -Education and Special Programmes
Shirani Rajapakse delivered welcome addresses at the ceremony.
The HRCSL Chairmanís message was read by HRCSL Commissioner M.T.M.
Bafiq. Its stated Section 11 (d) of the Human Rights Act empowers the
Commission to monitor the welfare of persons detained either by Judicial
Order or otherwise by regular inspection of the places of detentions and
to make such recommendations as may be necessary to improve conditions
In pursuance of this Section the Commission has appointed
investigating officers to visit all police stations and other places of
detention. In fact monthly reports are furnished by the investigating
officers, after perusal of some remedial measures or necessary
recommendations are made by the Commission, the message added.
HRCSL Chairmanís message also stated that the Commission always
endeavours to prevent violations of human rights and are very vigilant
about those who are detained by law enforcing authorities to prevent
torture of those in custody.