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for their Immediate Release We the undersigned, strongly condemn the arrest and continued detention of Raveendran Kajee an !21", #lfred $irathee an !30", %uru&aiya #sho&&umar !3'" and (ages)arasri *arsan !22" from +affna, and three other youth, from %annar, by the -errorism .nvestigation De artment !-.D" bet)een the 2' th and 2/th of (ovember, 20130 .t has become common ractice for the 1overnment to arrest and detain -amil youth under the $revention of -errorism #ct !$-#" coinciding )ith the time of Mahaveerar Naal !2--3 Heroes Day"0 .n (ovember 2012 too, four -amil students from the 4niversity of +affna )ere arrested and detained under the $-#, and released intermittently over the course of 3 months0 (*Families of these three youth did not want to reveal the identities of their sons for fear of reprisal. As following the arrests, intelligence officers had visited the homes of those arrested and warned their families to not pursue any course of legal action, as this would prolong their detention. The Jaffna Incident 5n the 2'th of (ovember, at a -elli alai !a ro6imately / m, the four youth mentioned above had been engaged in a conversation near the 7ooduvandhaan junction, on (aamagal Road, ro6imately 30m a)ay from their homes,"0 # 28foot8tall cut out of led over and torn due to the number of heavy vehicles $resident %ahinda Raja a&se had been erected near this junction several months ago0 7ince then, the cut out had to ro travelling along the (aamagal Road0 7ubse9uently, some locals from the area had ed the cut8out against a nearby fence0 ed and
5n the 2'th, a assing atrol of four military ersonnel on bicycle, had sto
in9uired as to )hat the four youth )ere doing at the junction0 :efore the youth could res ond, the atrol had ointed to the cut out of the $resident and accused the four
)hilst hotogra hing them in the rocess0 -he military had then thro)n the cut8out on to the street.aving then ta&en hotogra hs of the damaged cut8out as )ell. and the four youth had restored the fallen cut8out to its original lace0 5nce the cut8out had been restored.D0 -he four youth )ere then ta&en to the -.youth of damaging it0 -hey had then roceeded to severely assault the youth0 #t this oint. if the military )ould sto the assault0 -he military ersonnel had acceded to the !rama "eva#a<s re9uest0 -hereafter. )here the !rama "eva#a too had arrived0 -he !rama "eva#a had attem ted to e6 lain to the military ersonnel that the cut8out had already been damaged. they had assaulted the four youth again and forced the youth to remove the cut8out. a cro)d of locals. military had summoned the olice and handed over the four youth to them0 -he olice had made no further in9uiries. the olice arrested another t)o . the military ersonnel had been seen s ea&ing on their mobile hones0 7oon after. neighbours and relatives had gathered at the junction.e had further stated that the youth )ould reinstall the cut8out. and are currently being detained at the :oosa Detention >entre0 -hey have not been roduced before the %agistrate >ourt as yet0 Raveendran is a refrigeration technician. $irathee an is a sales van driver at a business establishment.D office in =avuniya. #sho&&umar assists his father in his masonry and *arsan assists his father in his car entry0 Mannar Incident 5n 2?th (ovember. and merely handed over the youth to the -. and that the four youth )ere not res onsible for its condition0 . %annar olice arrested a -amil youth for allegedly graffiting @Maaveerar Naal$ on a )all in %urun&an0 5n the 2/th. the cro)d had borro)ed hoes from a neighbouring house. further damaging it0 .
)as summoned to the %urun&an $olice and subse9uently arrested. from =aal&ai etran&andal. reinforces our call to remove the e6cessive military resence and their interference in civilian affairs in the (orth0 We also reiterate our call to re eal the re ressive $revention of -errorism #ct )hich facilitates the 7tate to carry out such illegal arrests and detentions0 e therefore call on the Sri !an"an #overnment to$ Release with immediate effect the seven detained %outh in the a&sence of clear evidence lin"ing them to an alleged crime 'nsure their right to e(ualit% &efore the law.-amil youth. -hiruchelvam Kristhuraja. claiming that they )ere acting on information rovided by the youth arrested on the revious day0 #ll three youth are also currently being detained at :oosa0 -hese three youth )ere roduced before the %annar #dditional %agistrate on Ariday 13th December. also on the 2?th of (ovember. %urun&an. and )h%sical and mental welfare of the %outh currentl% held in detention . a father of t)o. and have been remanded for a further 1B days0 -hey )ill be roduced in court ne6t on the 2/th of December0 .is family claims he is ailing0 .n a se arate incident. by the security forces. freedom from ar&itrar% arrest and right to due )rocess which includes the right to legal assistance and visits &% their famil% mem&ers 'nsure the safet%.D in =avuniya and is currently being held at :oosa Detention >enter0 .n light of the facts above. %annar. )e are dee ly concerned that these arrests are unfounded. and only serve to er etuate the climate of fear and insecurity of the eo le of the (orth0 -he continued harassment and intimidation of -amils.e )as then handed over to the -. on alleged charges of being a former 2--3 cadre0 .
arean .erman Kumara 180 . 2a)yers for Democracy 220 %0 . *ut an immediate halt to an% further arrests under the *TA. 10 #mal de >hic&era 20 :0 1o)thaman 30 :havani Aonse&a B0 :uddhadasa 1ala ?0 Deanne 4yangoda /0 Dharmasiri 2an&a eli 80 Dilshy :anu F0 Dr0 Dharmasena $athiraja 100 Dr0 2eonie 7olomons 110 Dr0 R0 >heran 120 Dr0 Ranil D0 1uneratne C 4niversity of >olombo 130 Dr0 7a umal :andara Dhana ala C Kandy 1B0 3mil van der $oorten 1'0 1amini =iyangoda 1?0 . harassment and re)risals carried out &% the TID and the militar%. on %outh in the +orth Re)eal the re)ressive *TA with immediate effect Signatures.isham 230 %0#0 7umanthiran C %$.0 %ohamed . acts of intimidation. Kandy 1F0 +ehan&i #nandha 200 K0 1uru aran 8 4niversity of +affna 210 K0D0>0 Kumarage C #ttorney8at82a) D >o8>onvener. -amil (ational #lliance !-(#" 2B0 %arisa de 7ilva 2'0 %elisha *a a atty C $oet D +ournalist '0 >handragu tha -henu)ara 8 #rtistE7enior 2ecturer .uman Rights 5ffice.ettiarachchi 1/0 .
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