A country which stands out as human rights violator will be isolated and tarnished before the world community, said Additional Solicitor General Palitha Fernando addressing a workshop organised for high rankeing Police officers held at the Office of the Colombo DIG yesterday.
The ASG said the recent directions issued by the President in connection with the protection of human rights should be thoroughly followed and all senior officers will have to take direct responsibility for any case of violation of human rights in the country.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came about after World War 2 with the intention of halting a Third World war in the future.
This was included in the Constitution of Sri Lanka as fundamental rights too,and the respective governments vigorously strove to protect them.
According to the Presidential directive a self introduction should be made to a suspect or a relative by the arresting officer.
The details of such cases should be correctly entered in the stipulated form sent by the Ministry to all police stations. If any case of failure the reason should be clearly entered in the information book.
The location where an arrested suspect is held should be communicated to the family and an opportunity to visit the suspect should be granted. Facilities should be arranged for a suspect to make his statement in a language he or she understands.
In case of any communication problem the suspect should be given the opportunity to make a written statement .
`No arresting officer could arrest a suspect without any reliable or sufficient evidence` he stressed. Errant police officers should be fined since they tarnish the image of the country internationally, he added.
DIG`s Jayakumar Thangavelu and Rohan Abeywardane also addressed the workshop.