The HRCSL organized a programme to mark the International Day in support of the victims of torture under the theme of “Rehabilitation work is a torture survival right”. This was held under the patronage of the Chairman of the HRCSL – Justice Priyantha R P Perera on 26th June 2012 at the HRCSL Head Office Auditorium.
The Chairman, HRCSL in his welcome speech specially emphasized that torture is an international crime. It should be prohibited. Sri Lanka Constitution provides for guarantees against torture.
Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Commissioner, HRCSL pointed out that the rights against torture is incorporated in several international instruments. The Torture Convention is incorporated as an Act in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Nimal G Punchihewa stated that human development originated from an uncivilized nature. Torture has been in existence from ancient era. Social responsibility is very important to prevent torture in society. People should think beyond providing in legal remedy to the victim steps should be taken to rehabilitate victims.
Finally a panel discussion followed in the subject “how to strengthen the mechanism for a rehabilitation process”. This discussion was chaired by Mrs. Samanthie Jayamanne, Secretary – HRCSL. The panel comprised of Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa – Commissioner, HRCSL, Mr. Nimal G Punchihewa – Additional Secretary (Legal), HRCSL, Dr. Ajith Tennakoon – Addl. Judicial Medical Officer, Colombo, Mr. Lahiru Perera – Chief Executive Officer, Family Rehabilitation Centre and Mr. Rajapaksa – Prison Department.
OICs of the Western Province Police Department, Prison Rehabilitation Officers and Civil Societies also participated in the panel discussion.