Isolate prisonís hardcore from the rest - HRCSL
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) reiterated the
necessity to separate drug addicts and hardcore criminals in prisons to
avoid repetition of unfortunate incidents as that of the recent Welikada
The separation of hard core criminals and drug addicts would also
address the overcrowding in remand prisons, HRCSL Commissioner Dr
Prathiba Mahanama Hewa told the Daily News yesterday.
He added about half of the remand prisoners are drug addicts. He
proposed to establish special rehabilitation centres for drug addicts.
He said modern technology should be adopted in prisons. The HRCSL
Commissioner observed that if scanners had been installed in prisons,
the sneaking in of mobile phones and drugs into the prison could have
been monitored. He noted special security measures using latest
technology should be introduced in the armoury.
Dr Mahanama Hewa also said the relationship between inmates and
prison officers and guardians should be improved. He commended the swift
appointment of the high powered committee by the government to probe
into the Welikada incident, adding that the HRCSL would also sent an
investigation and inquiry team.
He also stressed the amendments to the law to introduce prison
reforms are much needed. He requested the Justice Ministry and other
government stakeholders to formulate a mechanism to speed up the court
cases on remand prisoners.