|Who will be the next IGP?
Police Chief Chandra Fernando’s extension ends on October 11 and
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to appoint the IGP. It
was former President Chandrika Kumaratunga who granted the one
year extension to Mr. Fernando, but the current government
policy is against extensions.
Among the Senior Deputy Inspectors General, the following names
have been mentioned. Senior DIG Bodhi Liyanage, is the most
senior and has 18 months to retire while next in line is Senior
DIG Sirisena Herath who has 16 months before retirement. Two
senior DIGs Kumarasiri Gamage, who has a year to go, and Victor
Perera, who has two years, are being spoken of as the more
favourable candidates from whom the President has to decide. Snr.
DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne is the next in line of seniority and
has two years before retirement.
Senior DIG Bodhi Liyanage has a Bachelor of Arts (General
Degree) from the University of Colombo and has been a DIG since
Senior DIG Sirisena Herath joined the Police Force in August
1974 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police. After being
promoted to the rank of DIG in 1993 he was posted as Commandant,
SLPR Headquarters DIG.
Senior DIG K.G. Kumarasiri joined the Police Force in 1974 as an
ASP. He is a Graduate from the University of Peradeniya where he
studied Geography and Colombo where he studied Law. He took
oaths as an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court in 1997.
Kumarasiri was in charge of Sri Lanka Police Training College in
1996. He is the only remaining gazetted officer to receive the
Senior DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne joined the Police Force in
1974 as an ASP and promoted to the rank of SP in 1983. He was
promoted as a Senior SP in 1989 and as Deputy Inspector General
of Police in 1993.
Senior DIG Victor Perera, a Graduate from the University of
Colombo (BA Economics) in 1971 joined the Police Force in 1974
as an ASP along with Senior DIG Bodhi Liyanage. Following the
LTTE bomb blast in 1999 December during the Presidential
election Victor Perera was also injured along with President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
Human Rights Commission findings on the
By Sarath Malalasekera
The Human Rights Commission has drawn the following
conclusions on the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) attack on
Sencholai in Mullaitivu:
* There was evidence both from the three injured girls
as well as Provincial level education authorities that the
centre concerned was utilized for the motivation and training of
children and young adults for LTTE recruitment.
* The trainees did not have any idea of the training
content or any other details but were coerced to attend because
of the compulsory requirement of a training card by the LTTE
without which they could not proceed with their studies.
* It will be very difficult to prevent such incidents as
long as child recruitment and training of children and youth as
combatants goes on as has occurred during the entire two-decade
period of the conflict.
* The evidence of the three girls reveals a vital bit of
information that the state supported education system is being
exploited for child recruitment and combatant training as it
provides a ready made “pool” of vulnerable children.
* A “Training Card” system is being used to force
children to attend such classes.
* Until the evidence of the girls was obtained, there has
been no reporting of such activities in schools particularly in
LTTE controlled areas by the UN, INGOs or NGOs functioning in
such areas. In fact, fairly substantial funds have been poured
into the school infrastructure by both the international
community as well as the GOSL. There has been no recognition of
such violations which appear to be occurring with the support of
the Principals of such schools who are probably intimidated to
do so. Such practices must be monitored and reported on a
regular basis. It would be advisable under child rights
violations for an independent group to assess all the schools in
conflict affected areas particularly those which are in LTTE
controlled areas, in terms of child recruitment activities.
* This investigation reveals how important it is to look
at reports of child rights violations in depth, a point
emphasized in the TOR of the recently established TFMR on
Resolution 1612 (2005) which mentions the need for the vetting
and confirmation as well as integrity and quality of the