Uva Chief Minister to be grilled by Human Rights Commission


Uva Chief Minister, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake, will appear before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) tomorrow, He is the first Chief Minister to be summoned for an investigation by the HRCSL, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says in a media statement.

The HRCSL is conducting this investigation after the General Secretary of the Ceylon Teacher Services Union, Joseph Stalin and CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon lodged complaints against Sampath alleging that he summoned the Principal of the Badulla Tamil Girls’ School, Bhavani Ragunath and intimidated her.

Earlier CaFFE and the Ceylon Teacher Services Union threatened to take action if the Governor of the Province and the Public Service Commission (PSC) did not take action against state officials who have attempted to cover up the harassment of Principal of the Badulla Tamil Girls’ School, Bhavani Ragunath by the Uva Chief Minister.

"Last week the Human Rights Commission conducted an investigation on the incident and during the probe around 40 written and electronic sources of evidence was presented on the harassment of the teacher and attempts to cover up the incident. The provincial council, the provincial education ministry and some ‘provincial journalists’ who are also employed at the council are involved in the cover up operations," CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.

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