Sri Lanka president pardons over 1,000 inmates on Christmas – JURIST

Sri Lankan Jail Commissioner Gamini Dissanayake announced President Ranil Wickremesinghe pardoned over 1,000 prisoners due to the Christmas vacation. The precise quantity to be launched is 1,004, comprising of 989 males and 15 ladies. A majority of those that had been pardoned by the president Sunday are these accused of being unable to pay excellent fines. President Wickremesinghe issued a statement urging for Sri Lankans to “unite in shouldering their duties” and recognizing the adversities of their nation. 

The president has the ability to grant pardons to Sri Lankan topics beneath Article 34 of the Sri Lankan Structure, although there are limits and pointers to how they might proceed with the matter. These pardons come at a time the place Sri Lanka is making an attempt to reconcile its individuals within the aftermath of the civil battle, with an unbiased fee for Fact, Unity and Reconciliation being announced earlier on this December.

Different criticisms levied in opposition to the Sri Lankan authorities embody lack of judicial independence and corruption. Moreover, in a report printed by the Human Rights Fee in Sri Lanka, prisoners complained about mistreatment and abuse from officers, together with an absence of assets. Prisons are additionally overcrowded. The jail system in Sri Lanka is constructed to accommodate roughly 13,000 prisoners, however there are presently over 30,000 inmates. Over 200 remandees are contained in a cell in one in every of Sri Lanka’s largest prisons. This yr’s pardon comes at a time when the nation is contemplating various types of penal punishment, like home arrest, in an effort to fight their overcrowding issues.


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