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Sri Lanka: Director TID threatens detained poet Ahnaf Jazeem to make incrimination admissions, lawyers complain to HRCSL

A file photo.

Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera.

In a communication to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on behalf of poet Ahnaf Jazeem, lawyers complain that the poet’s several fundamental rights are being continuously infringed and seek HRCSL’s urgent actions under HRC Act. The letter also complains about attempted intimidation of lawyers who sought consultation with their client in TID’s custody. HRC is informed that the poet is being forced by TID to make an incriminating admission, which the Poet has denied.

It is informed that the poet had been once handcuffed to a chair and handcuffed time-to-time even when asleep, which amounts to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

A Statement has been recorded from Poet in Tamil after what was said by the poet in Tamil was translated into Sinhala for another officer who dictated in Sinhala to the recording officer.

Poet could not read and understand the statement before his signature was obtained. Letter also requests the HRC to proceed with the inquiry upon the complaint lodged 10 months before, without further delay.

Complied from tweets of lawyer Sanjaya Wilson Jayasekera @sanjayawilson

Letter to HRCSL.

 

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