Lankan rights activists want UN probe into prison violence behind Tamil inmates' deaths
Colombo, Aug 16 (ANI): Human rights activists in Sri Lanka have urged the government to seek the United Nation's help in probing violence in jails that has resulted in the deaths of two Tamil inmates.
The violence began in late June when about 30 prisoners suspected of links with Tamil Tiger rebels took three guards hostage.
Civil rights activists said the inmates were then assaulted by prison authorities both before and after their transfers to other jails.
One prisoner, Ganesan Nimalaruban, died a few days later while another, Mariadas Dilrukshan, succumbed to his injuries after several weeks in a coma, the BBC reports.
Now, a group of 28 human rights activists has issued a statement accusing the government for his death, saying it was caused by torture.
We, the civil society, have lost confidence in domestic mechanisms in being able to deal with such situations, activists said.
According to the report, they called on the government to appoint an inquiry commission under the control of the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. (ANI)