Lankan refugees attempt mass suicide

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NPC adopts motion on Tamil detainees

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today adopted a motion calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners who have been in jail for several years without a proper trial.

The motion was submitted by the chairman of the council C.V.K Sivagnanam and was adopted unanimously.

In the motion, the NPC called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Justice Minister to release the detainees.

It noted that several Tamil political prisoners have been in jail for between 8-15 years without their case being taken up for hearing.

Most prisoners were arrested on suspicion over LTTE links but have not been charged even five years after the war ended, the motion noted.

The motion also recalls that Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran had sought the release of the detainees at one of his meetings with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and despite an assurance given at the time the President is yet to release them. (Colombo Gazette)

Lankan refugees attempt mass suicide

Refugees_India5_20061Twenty Sri Lankan Tamil refugees lodged at a camp attached to the Trichy Central Prison made a mass suicide attempt on Tuesday, consuming sleeping pills inside the camp.

All 20 inmates were taken to hospital immediately. Their condition is stable now, the Indian Express reported.

Prison officials said about 26 Lankan Tamils, who are facing trial under various charges including illegal entry and petty crimes, were on a hunger strike for three days seeking speedy trial which is delayed by several months and years.