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Two prominent opposition activists and Human rights campaigners Mr. Lalith Kumara Veeraraj and Mr. Kuhan Muruganathan in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, have been abducted and illegally detained by the Sri Lankan Government Military Forces. We also quite concerned about the fact that many people who have been abducted or detained by the Sri Lankan Military have never been returned; have been physically abused and brutally harassed. Hence, we request you to sign this petition to request the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (Geneva) to urge the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the immediate release of Lalith Kumara Veeraraj and Kuhan Muruganathan, and the prosecution of those proven to be responsible under the criminal law of the country for misusing powers of state officers.

 

Letter to
High Commissioner for Human Rights UNOG-OHCHR, 1211 Geneva 10, SWITZERLAND. Ms. Navanethem Pillay,
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom Mr. William Hague
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State responsible for South Asia, United Kingdom Mr. Alistair Burt
and 1 other
Amnesty International Ms. Yolanda Foster
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Ms. Navanethem Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights UNOG-OHCHR.

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Appeal for the immediate release of Lalith Veeraraj and Kuhan Muruganathan

14th December 2011

Ms. Navanethem Pillay
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights UNOG-OHCHR
1211 Geneva 10,
SWITZERLAND.

Dear Ms Navanethem Pillay,

Re: Appeal for the immediate release of Lalith Kumara Veeraraj and Kuhan Muruganathan whom been abducted and illegally detained by the Sri Lankan Government Military Forces.

I am writing to strongly urge you to lobby for the immediate release of two opposition activists, Mr. Lalith Kumara Veeraraj and Mr. Kuhan Muruganathan, who have been abducted and illegally detained by the Sri Lankan Military Forces in Jaffna, since 9th December 2011.

They were last seen leaving Kugan Muruganandan’s residence in Avarangal, Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, on 9th December. There were preparing a press conference to be held on 10 December, World Human Rights Day, which aimed to publicize a protest planned, denouncing human rights violations against Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan military and calling for the release of detainees held without charge since the end of the war.

Family members say, they later received an anonymous phone call saying that Lalith Kumara Weeraraju had been killed. A missing person’s complaint was lodged with the Jaffna Police, who denied they are holding the two men in custody.

Mr. Lalith Kumara Weeraraju has previously received death threats from the Sri Lankan Military Forces and ruling party activists, warning him against involvement in opposition politics in Jaffna, particularly during recent elections. He was also attacked and injured during a demonstration in Jaffna town on 14 November 2010, and was arrested and interrogated by the army in early 2011 without a reason.

However, due to the national and International condemnation received from Human Rights organisations, on 15th December 2011, the cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters that the government forces have detained two individuals in Jaffna but did not reveal any further information.

I am also quite concerned about the fact that many people who have been abducted or detained by the Sri Lankan Military have never been returned; have been physically abused and brutally harassed. Hence, I request you to urge the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the immediate release of Lalith Kumara Veeraraj and Kuhan Muruganathan, and the prosecution of those proven to be responsible under the criminal law of the country for misusing powers of state officers.

Most importantly, I strongly urge you to lobby the Sri Lankan government to stop intimidation, abduction, disappearance and illegal detention of opposition political activists and Human rights activists; the release of detainees held without charge or legal representation, since the end of the war.


I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.

The Convener
Campaign for Democracy and Human Rights in Sri Lanka
United Kingdom

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Sincerely,