Toilets facilities at Welikada courtesy ICRC

By Shamindra Ferdinando

While the government provided politicians with super luxury vehicles at the taxpayers’ expense, Sri Lanka’s prisons community had to depend on the ICRC for even basic facilities such as toilets.

According to the ICRC’s latest communiqué, released on Friday (Jan. 21), the ICRC has completed the construction of 24 toilets in the Welikada Remand Prison and the building of 12 more toilets is underway. The ICRC also renovated 10 toilets recently and 15 more are being renovated.

In addition, the ICRC has provided two 500-litre water tanks for the benefit of inmates.Veteran diplomat K. Godage, who is a member of the Prisons Visiting Committee, recently briefed the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on the pathetic conditions at Welikada and other prisons. Godage strongly urged the LLRC to look into the welfare of the prisoners.

In spite of change of administration, the committee appointed by the then Justice and Law Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda is still functional.

The ICRC has had to provide soap, clothes and recreational items to detainees held at both permanent and temporary detention facilities over the past four months. The ICRC has also donated crutches and lower-limb prostheses.

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