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New guidelines on how to deal with suspects in Police custody

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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka said that it has prepared a series of new guidelines for dealing with suspects in Police custody.

HRCSL Commissioner Attorney Nimal Punchihewa said the measure was taken after taking into consideration the recent increase in deaths of suspects while in Police custody.

He said more than 20 people have died in Police custody so far this year.

Attorney Nimal Punchihewa said the guidelines will be released on the 11th of next month in line with Human Rights Day.
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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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