Access to Justice

At any stage of the judicial process, where an accused is unable to defend him/herself in his/her mother tongue and is forced to rely on inaccurate translations, a serious miscarriage of justice arises. As found from interviews, among other issues, complaints made by Tamil citizens are recorded in Sinhala at Police Stations, and the complainants are subsequently asked to sign these statements(Vavunia, Trincomalee, Mannar and Ampara), Tamil citizens in the Eastern Province receive summons in Sinhala, and court transactions and case hearings in many areas of Sri Lanka are conducted in only Sinhala.

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