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A Catholic activist today joined human rights groups calling on the government to conduct a full probe in the case involving Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek, who is on death row in a Saudi …

A Catholic activist today joined human rights groups calling on the government to conduct a full probe in the case involving Sri Lankan housemaid Rizana Nafeek, who is on death row in a Saudi jail.

“Rights groups in Sri Lanka have joined hands with Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to call on the government of Sri Lanka to conduct a full probe,” said Catholic priest Priest Father Nandana Manatunga, head of the House of Torture Victims in the diocese of Kandy.

Hong Kong-based AHRC said last week the housemaid signed a statement two years after the incident, saying she was forced to admit to the killing after being beaten up by local police, and that she signed a confession under duress.

All faiths and organisations including Caritas have organized several signature campaigns and prayer services nationwide to appeal to the king of Saudi Arabia for a pardon housemaid, but to no avail.


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  • 1. Catholic wants Saudi maid investigation
    www.ucanews.com
  • 2. Concern over 'forced confession' in wake of beheading of Indonesian worker.
    A Catholic activist today joined human rights groups calling on the government to conduct a full probe in the case involving Sri Lankan housemaid RizanaNafeek, who is on death row in a Saudi jail.
  • 3. “Rights groups in Sri Lanka have joined hands with Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to call on the government of Sri Lanka to conduct a full probe,” said Catholic priest Priest Father NandanaManatunga, head of the House of Torture Victims in the diocese of Kandy.
  • 4. Hong Kong-based AHRC said last week the housemaid signed a statement two years after the incident, saying she was forced to admit to the killing after being beaten up by local police, and that she signed a confession under duress.
  • 5. All faiths and organisations including Caritas have organized several signature campaigns and prayer services nationwide to appeal to the king of Saudi Arabia for a pardon housemaid, but to no avail.
  • 6. Foreign employment minister DilanPerera said the government was ready to provide compensation money in exchange for the release of the maid.
  • 7. “One parent of the dead child has pardoned the maid, but this is not enough. Both parents must agree if the maid is to be released,” Perera said. Several rights groups have appealed to the Saudi monarchy to intervene on behalf of the housemaid.
  • 8. Sri Lankans appeal to Saudi king for mercy
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  • 9. http://www.ucanews.com/2011/06/22/catholic-wants-saudi-maid-investigation/
    http://www.ucanews.com/
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