Tuesday, October 20, 2015
‘Prisoners too are human beings’; this is what displayed before the Jail of the Welikada
It is a matter of how you treat the prisoners, whether you treat them humanly or not, other than punishing them according to the laws and imprison them according to the Prison regulations.
The relevant authorities take actions to release prisoners only when the ‘period of punishment expired’.
Within this human rights world we live, we expect a prisoner to imprison under a safe roof with less outside threats them escaping from the high walls of the prisons
The guards are there to guard them or to guard the society from the labeled or tagged individuals as wrong doers, i often wonder
If you take the old prison popularly known as ‘Boganbara’ that is one of the very oldest buildings of not only in the Central Province, Kandy but also in any of the local territory, the entire history of the country.
The Prison was moved to another direction of the same city, few miles interior from the main town. That is a new building built by the former government. The Bogambara Prison , the older building was exhibited to the people of this country to view its past, educate themselves of the inner structure, sustained for many decades, facing all sorts weather conditions or political conditions, witnessing and observing tears and sighs of humans though they were known as ‘ wrong doers’.
For any government, maintaining such entities needs a lot of money. The Prisoners are dependents of any states. Though they are known as groups experiencing punishments, the truth is a prison is a punishment for a government, authority , country because of the money need annually or monthly, daily to aid the hunger of them
The prisoners are not earners, socially and culturally its a burden to any society, specially if you think of the 'families' of the affected, mentally and otherwise.
if you take the total number imprisoned categorizing them as ' physically able, ability to contribute labor, youth, it is actually a Economical disaster
The money require not only to feed them but also to maintain the buildings is not tiny. The staff, the guards
closing a prison is no easy in this complex world but at least what the authorities can do is trying not to open any new settings.
It is not a strange practice to the people of this land we live, that on almost 4th February of every year after independence and on special Wesak or Poson poya days, every government take decisions to free some prisoners depending on the nature of the punishment, not severe though, under 'special pardon method (?).
but i have not heard any government releasing or freeing any terrorists in the history of the country or world?
Have you heard any incidents as such? i think it is in this country that the government practised such a system to rehabilitate terrorists?
What do you say America?
I have once visited the Welikada Prison for an educational purpose, with one of my friends, Kumudu Basnayake. We were granted permission only to visit the Commissioner of Prison as agreed but we got a slight chance to view outside from the place we were meeting the commissioner and on our way to meet him. That is another story.
I believe that within a prison structure , you group them or categorized them before jailing, imprisoning, depending on the offenses and the punishments given.
Some prisoners, you keep them alone, away from the other prisoners, terrorists for instance?
What is the will of every parent, affected parties (Children, wives, husbands, siblings) of the prisoners? It is obviously their freedom. BUT no authority can release them unless for a fair, lawful reason.
Every Mother expect their child ( prisoner ) to be with them freeing from the prison environment , no surprise, because they are parents or wives of the victims.
If the government is planning to release the prisoners, thinking of the protests or the request of the parents , near ones of the victims, identified as terrorists and imprisoned, They have to take the sole responsibility of the action and the decision.
The records of the prisoners; the terrorists with their profiles, including nick names, names used when they representing the terror group should be archived should not be descarded.
I read that the minister of courts and justice has told the public, if they are to release the prisoners , first they have to have a particular policy ready.
I do not know whether such decisions can be done after agreeing to some or what ever conditions with the relevant parties or after any Gazetted notices published policies unless we change the LAWS relevant.
There are decisions that can be taken policily, it is true but i am unaware of the policies that can be written to address such similar issues. i have not seen or have not heard any people, groups asking to release such groups from the prisons
Rehabilitation of the Terrorists, Prisoners, according to a very strict and strong plan to achieve the objective , if can be done useful but what what trust you have on them, specially when you are dealing with a huge number at a streach.
The government can follow the procedures already existing or used by the previous government, if you have no pride issues using them.
‘Prevention is better than CURE’
Discard every reason and chances of terrorism from not only from this country but also from the region, globe.
That could be done only through better accurate foreign and local policies, transparent agreements, wise decisions, and international relations, no ill wills.
We do not have to please any organization or any country unnecessarily, specially if you have seen how the globe or other countries act or react to foreign affairs or inner affairs of other countries other than to their inland or homeland affairs. How they advise others and what they practice.
Please remember do not let others to question your ‘inland mechanism’ in the future.
Boasting or filling the front pages with this and that of what former government has done or how you save your electricity bill , why you not using the swimming pools is not what the public needs to know. That you have been doing ever since you all have begun the campaign (Presidential and Maha Chande) what the public need to know is’ what plan you have for the ‘future’ of the country?
The Government must take actions to PREVENT any boy or a girl taking any weapons into their hands along with cyanide.
The Government has to ensure people of this country of the success rates of the plans with regard to the request of the near ones of the terrorists, prisoners
If any of you very well remember why & how everything began lets say in about 1976 or little earlier, no government can take foolish decisions, they need to consider every thing very seriously, not just to please any ethnic group.
I do not understand why all of a sudden the parents and the other close once of the prisoners, terrorists asking to release them. Did the government promise them during their campaigns? No i guess.
Is it a request made from the parents itself or by any inland or outside party?
what justification they give the government asking to release them
What is your view dear leader of Oppssition?
Do not let people steal other people’s plates of rice or box of lunches
If you do not think of how to reduce the prices of rice and other daily necessities, if not what you will have to do next is plan how you build the next prison or more prisons
Look! Sirs, now that you have 320 lackhs of rupees in hand from the so called savings of expenses of the house of the head of the state , use that money to do something to control the prices of daily food items.
Perhaps you can build or set up more government mills in the country, so that the money of the local farmers and of the people would not go into the hands of private traders.
And buddies it is about paddy, the next question we will have to ask?
Have a proper plan that is you go to the respectful farmers , do not let them come to your door steps carrying the bags full of paddy , paying a lot of money for the tractors and return home when you think or decide the ‘quality is not up to the standard after hearing the word ‘cannot buy’
One of the ways to close a prison, that is by opening a state mill, enough mills not only cooperative shops , or Sathosa stores.
Please tell us, after one year what new plan you came up with, other than the suggested bridge that may spoil the identity of the local people?
I am not asking the head of the country. he might have to answer after the conclusion period of his position.
There are how many sub sections, ministries in this country? Every section has a minister, deputy minister.
Look! I remember how some of the ministers of the former government finally told the public. ‘ I didn’t have freedom’, I was not given enough of funds, here you are now appointed by a government that gives funds and money for you to come up with a heavy strong plan for the development of the section you are heading, fisheries or health or otherwise. ( According to your own words ministers)
JUSTICE, I like to know what justice you do to the hunger of people that you were really pointed out ‘ the hundred rupee families’. after buying a kilo of rice what about the rest, can a hundred rupee family survive any further?
such closes a prison in the future
After Rehabilitating? (If any plans)
What plan you have for their carrier development, because killing or bombing is not any more the way that they can earn a living.
Terrorists were not paid employees right?
So it is highly essential to have a carrier development plan for them
How you monitor them is another question we have
Reason is we know the situation outside the country, who is eagerly waiting to catch the small fishes / big fishes using the world terror nets?
How many of ours joined the ISIS? I am not talking about them particularly
The LTTE is not a totally dead group, the head of the country should remember and keep that in his mind. The support GROUPS are well equipped.
Surfaces are deceptive right?
Make sure that no authorized person takes any foolish decisions or actions to enhance any disputes within the country we live.
Mix the groups. No province or zone should be dominated by any single ethnic group. The Colombo is the capital of the country or is it the Kotte?
We cannot say it is a property or a heritage of the Sinhalese. Similarly Trincomalee is not a territory legally given to the Sinhalese or to the Muslims or it is not the dream capital of any Elam, Kingdom, right?
The Jaffna is not a property or a sub state of any ethnic group inland or outside country, the land belong to the people of this country, children of this country.
A way to close a prison or refrain from opening any other prisons is have a intelligent provincial plan, think beyond political aspects, needs , desires
If you are trying to colonizing people according to what ever plan, do not chose a single ethnic group as settlers, have a mixed group Specially within the ADMINISTERIAL Strategy to be implemented, like some suggested