EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 37/22/93
1 November 1993
Further information on UA 372/93 (ASA 37/21/93, 22 October 1993) - Arbitrary
and unacknowledged arrests/Fear of "disappearance"
SRI LANKA:Nagaiah Ramachandran (24)
Pathmanathan Gobinathan (19)
Nadarajaha Manoranjith (19)
Vadivel Pathiparajah (19)
Amnesty International has received further information on four of the six people
reported to have been held in unacknowledged detention. Nadarajah Manoranjith
was released from custody on 27 October. Pathmanathan Gobinathan, Nadarajah
Manoranjith and Vadivel Pathiparajah are reportedly detained for investigation
at Ragama police station in Gampaha District on a 7-day detention order. They
have been visited by their relatives.
There is no further news about Harihan or Sadeswaran.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- expressing concern at reports of widespread arbitrary arrests of Tamil people
in the Colombo area apparently solely on the basis of their ethnic origin;
- expressing concern that the arrests of Harihan and Sadeswaran appear not
to have been acknowledged, and saying that there are fears for their safety;
- urging that the government swiftly investigate the whereabouts and welfare
of these two individuals and ensure that, if there are not recognisably criminal
charges against them, they be immediately and unconditionally released;
- urging the government to ensure that the safeguards on arrest and detention
which it agreed with Tamil political leaders in June 1993 are fully implemented
and that steps are taken to discipline officers who fail to enforce them;
- expressing concern that some recent arrests were reportedly made by officers
in civilian dress, making it more difficult for relatives to trace the
whereabouts of prisoners.
President D B Wijetunge
Telegrams: Pesident Wijetunge, Colombo, Sri Lanka