Sri Lanka’s HRC tells President to reconsider move on death penalty

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has written to President Maithripala Sirisena raising concerns over moves to implement the death penalty on convicts involved in drug trafficking.

Commission Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama said in the letter that the death penalty is a serious human rights violation.

Udagama said that the commission does not feel implementing the death penalty can address the issue of drug trafficking.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission also notes that implementing the death sentence will only contribute negatively to a society where the public have lost faith in the justice system.

The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission also reminded the President of a set of recommendations issued in 2016 which called for the abolition of the death penalty in Sri Lanka in keeping with Sri Lanka’s commitment to a more humane society consonant with human rights principles and values.

ln terms of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act No. 2L of 1996, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is required by Section 10 (c) and 10(d) of the said Act, among other things, to advise and assist the Government in formulating legislation and administrative directives and procedures in furtherance of the promotion and protection of fundamental rights and to make recommendations to the Government regarding measures which should be taken to ensure that national laws and administrative practices are in accordance with international human rights norms and standards.

President Maithripala Sirisena, last week, said that he would sign required orders to execute capital punishment for convicted drug traffickers who carry out large scale drug smuggling operations while in detention.

The President’s office quoted the President as saying that although there are certain opinions regarding capital punishment in a Buddhist society, if large number of criminal acts spread in such a society despite religious sermons, it will be necessary to take some timely actions to control crime.

Cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne had said the death penalty is to be initially implemented on 19 large scale drug offence convicts.

He said that cabinet approval had been obtained to implement the death penalty on repeat offenders related to large scale drug offences.

Initially 19 convicts have been identified and the President is to sign the documents to implement the death penalty on them. (Colombo Gazette)

6 Comments for “Sri Lanka’s HRC tells President to reconsider move on death penalty”

  1. Mohamed Ameer

    Human rights why you cannot advice other countries who implemented this execution?
    Do try to involve all these matter. Our government taken bold decision on right time. Don’t interefere

  2. Ubaya Nimal

    Drug traffics can not be considered as humans. For economic benefits they destroy the lives of others. They behave like animals. Therefore there is no human right violation by imposing death penalty to drug traffics.

    Human right commission has more things to do rather than protecting drug traffics. Human right commission itself is violating human rights by supporting these monsters.

  3. wimal

    In any case MY3 should not be shaken to implement the death penalty,

  4. Cobra

    Who among you have had your child fall victim to drug dealers or your babies raped and sexually abused and murdered? I guess there are none and that is why they do not feel the pain. Mr. President carry on, we are with you!

  5. David Milli-banda

    Election ‘gundu” to gain votes….
    Another Miracle of Asia.

  6. Sunil Perera

    Do not worry HRC it is the president of SriLanka …who will always indicate right and turn left..just take it easy ..will never kill anyone specially the goons of Diyawanna 226 no matter drugs or else ..!

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