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Sri Lanka: Further information on fear of torture: Velayutham Varnakulasingham, alias "Yakko"

, N° d'index: ASA 37/002/1995

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Velayutham Varnakulasingham is still in the custody of the LTTE at a camp near Uppurel, Kunithivu, Trincomalee District. Another unconfirmed report says that he is suffering from a broken leg. AI hears that he may have been subjected to torture during interrogation about his activities as a members of the EPRLF, a Tamil political party. AI is asking the LTTE to reveal his whereabouts and allow immediate access to his family, a doctor and members of the ICRC.

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 37/02/95
Distr: UA/SC
This is a limited action. Please restrict appeals to 20 per section.
6 March 1995
Further information on UA 04/95 (ASA 37/01/95, 6 January 1995) - Fear of Torture
SRI LANKA Velayutham Varnakulasingham, alias "Yakko", aged 23
According to unconfirmed reports, Velayutham Varnakulasingham is still being
held in the custody of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at a camp
near Uppurel, Kunithivu, Trincomalee District. One report, also unconfirmed,
says he is suffering from a broken leg. Amnesty International fears that he
may have been subjected to torture during interrogation about his activities
as a member of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), a
Tamil political party.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English or your own language:
- expressing concern for the safety of Velayutham Varnakulasingham who was
reportedly abducted by members of the LTTE at Pallikudiruppu, Muttur,
Trincomalee District on 19 December 1994;
- requesting the LTTE to reveal his whereabouts and his state of health and
allow immediate access to relatives, a doctor and members of the ICRC;
- urging the LTTE to treat all prisoners in their custody in accordance with
the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Additional Protocols I and II thereto, by
which it publicly announced it would abide in February 1988;
- pointing out that Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions prohibits the
torture and cruel treatment of prisoners at any time and in any place.
APPEALS TO:
1) Lawrence Thilakar
Tamil Coordinating Committee
341 Rue des Pyrenees
75020 Paris, France
Telegrams: Mr Thilakar, TCC, 341 Rue des Pyrenees, Paris, France
Faxes: + 33 1 43 58 1191
Salutation: Dear Mr Thilakar
2) LTTE International Secretariat
United Tamil Organization
211 Katherine Road
London E8 1BU
United Kingdom
Telegrams: LTTE, UTO, 211 Katherine Road, London, UK
Faxes: + 44 81 470 8593 (if voice, ask for fax)
Salutation: Dear Sir or Madam
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO: LTTE offices in your own countries, if any
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 25 April 1995.

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