The Centre for Human Rights and Research (CHR) called on Minister of Justice Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe to inform the public as to what further actions would be taken as per a report on the 2012 Welikada Prison riot handed over to the Government by a Committee appointed by the Government.
Writing to Dr. Rajapakshe, Executive Director of CHR, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon noted that there was sufficient evidence to prove that on November 09, 2012, a group of inmates, had been targeted and killed in a premeditated manner.
Two committees have thus far been appointed including one by the current Government to look into this matter, and out of one of the reports that has been handed over to Dr. Rajapakshe, only a portion of one report has been made public while ultra sensitive information in the said report are still being kept secretive, languishing in a safe in the Ministry of Justice, he said.
“This is one of the gravest human rights abuses and violations of the recent past. The entire civilized society vehemently condemns this. The need for a credible investigation and inquiry into the events has been repeatedly highlighted both locally and internationally. Our preliminary investigations have unearthed that Ministry officials have hindered further actions pertaining to the report’s findings and revelations. The Police investigations into the incident too have failed to make progress,” he observed.