Sri Lanka's Forgotten Prisoners

March 10, 2011

Sri Lanka's Forgotten Prisoners

Sri Lanka uses emergency laws to detain thousands.

Thousands of people are languishing in detention without charge or trial under Sri Lanka's repressive anti-terrorism laws. Sometimes held in secret prisons, they are vulnerable to a whole range of abuses, including torture or being killed in custody.

The film focuses on specific cases of detentions in Sri Lanka:
On 6 March 2008, the police Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) arrested Vettivel Jasikaran. After nearly six months' detention without charge, Vettivel Jasikaran was indicted on 27 August 2008 for "inciting communal disharmony" by printing, publishing and distributing the magazine North Eastern Monthly. Valarmathi was charged with aiding and abetting her husband.

On 29 January 2010, officers with the police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) broke into the premises of the Lanka Irida newspaper and arrested its Chief Editor, Chandana Sirimalwatte.

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