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Further information on UA 398/92 (ASA 37/12/92, 17 December) - Sri Lanka: fear of "disappearance" / unacknowledged detention: Vishwanathan Pathmanathan

, Index number: ASA 37/005/1993

Justice Soza of the Human Rights Task Force in Colombo has written to a number of UA participants informing them that Vishwanathan Pathmanathan may have been released. However, AI has established that he has not been released and that his whereabouts remain unknown. Justice Soza referred to a person called Vishvalingam Pathmanathan, believing him to be the same person, as both were arrested on the same day.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 37/05/93
Distr: UA/SC
5 March 1993
Further information on UA 398/92 (37/12/92, 17 December 1992) - Fear of
"disappearance"/unacknowledged detention
Sri Lanka:Vishwanathan Pathmanathan, aged 38, shop owner
Vishwanathan Pathmanathan's whereabouts remain unknown and, according to
relatives, he has not been released.
Vishwanathan Pathmanathan was arrested on 24 November 1992 but his detention
was not acknowledged by the authorities. Justice Soza of the Human Rights Task
Force in Colombo, Sri Lanka has written to a number of UA participants informing
them that Vishwanathan Pathmanathan may have been released on 10 December 1992
in the presence of officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
According to Justice Soza, the person released was called Vishvalingam
Pathmanathan. Justice Soza believed him to be the same person as Vishwanathan
Pathmanathan as they were both arrested on the same day. Justice Soza also
said that the army had not acknowledged that they had arrested a person by
the name of Vishwanathan Pathmanathan.
Amnesty International has established that Vishwanathan Pathmanathan has not
been released and that his whereabouts remain unknown.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and
airmail letters in English or your own language:
- acknowledging that Amnesty International has been informed that the
Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Involuntary Removal of Persons
is conducting an inquiry into the arrest and subsequent "disappearance" of
Vishvanathan Pathmanathan and asking that the findings be made public;
- seeking assurances that if Vishvanathan Pathmanathan is found to be in custody,
he be humanely treated and granted immediate and regular access to relatives
and a lawyer.
APPEALS TO
1) His Excellency President Ranasinghe Premadasa
Presidential Secretariat
Republic Square
Colombo 1, Sri Lanka
Telegrams: President Premadasa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Telexes: 22650 PRESEC CE
Faxes: + 94 1 44 6657
Salutation: Dear President
Page 2 of FU 398/92
2) The Hon D B Wijetunga
Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence
Ministry of Defence
Republic Square
Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Telexes: 22229 MINDEF CE
Faxes: + 94 1 44 6091
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Justice J F A Soza
Human Rights Task Force
75, Norris Canal Road
Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
and to diplomatic representatives of Sri Lanka accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 16 April 1993.

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