|A prisoner killed in November 2012
in Welikada Prison, Colombo
Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa,
Dear Mr. President,
This intervention is made in a spirit of democratic engagement by the Friday Forum, a group of concerned citizens who have come together to consider current issues of public interest with a view to making a contribution to peace, democracy, good governance and social justice in Sri Lanka.
The Friday Forum urges you to make public the findings of the Committee appointed by the Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, to investigate the events that took place in the Welikada prison, Colombo, in November 2012 resulting, in the death of some 27 inmates, with 43 injured and 11 reported to have escaped. We note from media publications that this Committee report has now been formally handed over to the Minister, and that the Prison Authorities have developed action plans covering the implementation of specific recommendations made in the report. The public has a right to be informed of the Committee’s conclusions and actions to be taken by officials responsible for the administration of the prison system.
We believe that the publication of these reports can contribute to creating public confidence in the Government’s frequently stated commitment to strengthening administration of criminal justice and help the government to address problems in the prison system.
cc. Hon. Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms,