The Human Rights Office Kandy Sri Lanka celebrated the International Human Rights Day on the 10th December 2013 at 09.30 a.m. at the Human Rights Office Kandy with the theme "Community based approach to assist the Pre-trial detainees and Trial monitoring ". The parents and the family members of the detainees, Torture & Rape victims and their families, members of the support group participated in the days programme. At the outset Fr. Nandana explained the reason for selecting the theme and Welcomed the chief guest and the participants who made to this occasion from north of Sri Lanka as wel.
The families of the detainees introduced themselves and explained the reason for their participation and thanked the Human Rights office profusely for journeying with them in their struggle for Justice.
The chief guest Cesar Villanueva of Pax Christi Philippines in his address said “I am really at a loss of words to address you today…. I have only been imprisoned once because of my conscience calling for a clean and honest election during the period of the dictatorship in my country. While you have endured much more, we find comfort today because the UN has declared December 10th as HR Day. The declaration in 1950 is to call us to further intensify our efforts to fulfill our collective responsibility to promote and protect the rights and dignity of all people everywhere. I know that you have suffered much and in this suffering we dream of justice for our loved ones and will lead to the restoration of just and right relationships in our community and society. We also aspire for truth that will set us free, a truth that will hopefully lead us to a process of healing and peaceful co-existence”.
r. S.P. Pathmadakshan, the legal counsel who defends the victims in court explained the present legal process and the causes for the delay in trial. The families of the detainees were then given the opportunity to raise questions. The discussion lasted until lunch and the families of the detainees made some resolutions to continue their struggle until they free their loved ones.
T. Parameshveri explained her agony that she went through when both her sons, Nandakumar and Rameshkumar were in detention for more than 05 years at Bogambara remand prison in Kandy. Her determination to free them and her continuous struggle finally saw the light of the day with the able assistance of the lawyers at the Human Rights Office. However due to the severe Torture, in police custody Nandakumar still receives psychiatric treatment while Rameshkumar who was even arbitrarily detained for one year after his release boldly speak of the Torture he underwent and campaign against custodial Torture. The testimony of Parameshveri was an eye opener for all the families of the detainees as she visited her sons almost daily without exception at the remand prison, in spite of her financial constrains being widow for almost 05 years. Nandakumar & Rameshkumar inflamed hopes of living due to her visits. Sighting this great example, Fr. Nandana requested the family members not to give up hope, further to keep the flames of hope in detainees alive by their regular visits
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