May 16, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) recently met with Thusara Upuldeniya, Commissioner General of Prisons at the head office of the Human Rights Commission Sri Lanka.
According to the HRCSL, recent torture allegation made by consumer rights activist Sampath Asela, and preventive measures of torture in prisons were among the matters discussed at the meeting with the prison authorities.
Sampath Asela, the National Organizer of All Ceylon Restaurant Owners Association and the Convener of Public Rights Protection Movement, was arrested last month and remanded over a case filed on the allegation of interrupting duties of the Consumer Affairs Authority officials.
The HRCSL members and prison authorities also discussed the treatment plan and control measures within the Prison system about the COVID-19 Pandemic situation and strengthening the present communication system between detainees and their family members.
They also reviewed the riot control measures taken up after the Mahara Prison Riot in November 2020.
Furthermore, availability and accessibility of the information on COVID-19 positive detainees to their family members and establishment of a Focal Point to expedite communication between HRCSL and the Prison Department were also discussed.
Commissioners Harsha Nawaratne, Anusuya Shanmuganathan, Nimal Karunasiri participated in the meeting. Ms. Sulari Liyanagama, Director – Inquiries & Investigations (Actg.), and Nihal Chandrasiri, Director – Research & Monitoring (Actg.) were at the meeting. Director of Prison Health, Dr. Hemantha Ranasinghe also participated in this meeting.