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HRCSL makes recommendations for protection of prisoners from spread of COVID-19

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has made several recommendations to the Commissioner General of Prisons Jayasiri Tennakoon for the protection of prisoners from the spread of COVID-19.

The following are the recommendations made by HRCSL:

i) DOP should take urgent action, in consultation with relevant authorities, to release those who continue to remain in remand custody due to their inability to post bail in the required sum. We are pleased to learn that you are already giving attention to the matter; and

ii) ii) DOP should take necessary steps to release under the licensing system that is permitted under the law convicted prisoners who are:

a) seriously or terminally ill;
b) those over the age of 70; and
c) Those convicted of minor offences.

“We fully recognize the challenges facing the prison system, particularly at present when there is a grave threat to health. Our Commission, pursuant to the mandate conferred on it under Act No. 21 of !996, is paying special attention to the rights of those who have been deprived of liberty as they are more vulnerable to disease than the general population.”








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