G Piyal Sanjeewa Perera – being beaten up and tortured at this moment at the Panadura Police Station

We are republishing here an urgent appeal documented by the AHRC , a rights group based in Hong Kong, while asking an intervention of the relevant officials in the Island Nation to eradicate the practice of custodial torture.

( May 12, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. G Piyal Sanjeewa Perera a 30 year old man and a father of two children is being beaten up at the Pandura Police Station at this very moment. We are writing to urge you to act to intervene to stop the torture and either to have this person released or to have him produced before a Magistrate.

CASE NARRATIVE:

Mr. G Piyal Sanjeewa Perera is a resident of Sarasi Patumaga, Dibbedda Road, Uturu Thalpitiya, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka.

Three Police Officers had arrived at his home at around 3 p.m. yesterday on the 11 May 2014. On the 12th May 2014 which is today, at around noon, he had been taken to an Upper Floor of the Pandura Police Station, to the Crimes’ Branch, and according to information we have received, he is being severely tortured even at this moment.

It appears that he has been arrested on suspicion for petty theft, which has taken place at a neighbor’s house. The theft is supposed to have taken place between 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the 9th of May 2014. At this particular time, he and his wife had been at the Kethumathie Women’s Hospital.

According to the family members, he has been arrested without any reason and due to the pressure of some powerful person/s in the area.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has urged the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka;
1. To immediately intervene and stop the torture of this person;
2. To have this person released or produced before a magistrate; and
3. To take appropriate actions to investigate this incident of torture by the Panadura Police.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has observed that there are regular complaints regarding the Panadura police of routinely torturing persons.

We reiterate the fact that no authority has a right to torture any person for whatsoever reason and hope that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and the authorities concerned will take appropriate action with immediate effect.

Further, Mr. G Piyal Sanjeewa Perera’s wife, is also anxious that due to making of this complaint her husband may be implicated in some other offence which he has never engaged in since it is customary for the police to fabricate such accusations.

The Asian Human Rights Commission has observed that there are regular complaints regarding the Panadura police of routinely torturing persons. It is not necessary for us to remind that no authority has a right to torture any person for whatsoever reason.

Please send a letter to the authorities listed below expressing your concern about this case and requesting an immediate investigation into the allegations of illegal arrest, illegal detention, torturing by the police perpetrators, and the prosecution of those proven to be responsible under the criminal law of the country for misusing powers of a state. The officers involved must also be subjected to internal investigations for the breach of the department orders as issued by the police department. Further, please also request the NPC and the IGP to have a special investigation into the malpractices of the police officers for abusing the state officers' powers.

Please note that the AHRC has also written a separate letter to the Chairman of the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment on this regard.


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