Ragihar Manoharan, Sri Lanka - Write for Rights 2011

November 15, 2011

Ragihar Manoharan, Sri Lanka - Write for Rights 2011

20-year-old Ragihar Manoharan was among five Tamil students killed by the Sri Lankan security forces in Trincomalee on 2 January 2006. To date, no one has been brought to justice for their killing. This is just one example of the lack of accountability that plagues Sri Lanka.
In September 2006 Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa established an ad hoc commission of inquiry to probe 16 cases, including the "Trinco Five", of "serious" human rights violations, including abductions, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions in all areas of the country. Ragihar's father, Dr Manoharan, gave evidence to the commission. His emotionally charged testimony, delivered by video conference from an undisclosed location outside the country was televised, attracting a high level of public attention. Despite this, the commission's report, delivered directly to the president, has never been published, no thorough investigation has ever been conducted and no one has been brought to justice for Ragihar's murder.
Dr Manoharan has become an outspoken campaigner, seeking justice for the killing of his son ever since.

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