EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: ASA 37/09/92
4 June 1992
Further information on UA 94/92 (ASA 37/04/92, 20 March 1992) -
"Disappearance"/Fear of extrajudicial execution
SRI LANKA:Thuraisamy Rajalingam
In a letter of 29 May 1992, the Chairman of the Presidential Commission of
Inquiry into Involuntary Removal of Persons informed Amnesty International
that one of the 14 persons who were arrested by the army in late January -
early February 1992 while harvesting in the Kiran area had been traced.
According to his letter, the Joint Operations Command Headquarters recently
informed the Presidential Commission that Kasubathy Wijayakumar of Sittandy
is "being detained under a Detention Order issued under Emergency Regulations".
The letter did not provide any information with regard to the place of detention
of Kasubathy Wijayakumar not about the whereabouts of the other 13 people
arrested around the same time, who have since been reported "disappeared".
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send express and airmail letters
- welcoming the prompt investigation into the "disappearance" of the 14 people
arrested by the army in late January - early February 1992 while harvesting
in the Kiran area and the information that one of them has been found to be
- urging to be informed of the place of detention of Kasubathy Wijayakumar;
- asking for assurances that he will be granted regular access to his relatives