Two student unions in Sri Lanka published a report last Monday claiming an increase in Human Rights violations against university students. The report claimed that University students have suffered more than 1,000 human rights abuses since 2009.
The Student Human Rights Report 2012 contains statistics from all 15 state universities. It reported 524 cancellations of classes and, in the past year, 104 disciplinary inquiries against University students, and 44 imprisonments.
There were also 67 cancellations of Mahapola scholarships, which are awarded to students from low-income families and pay US$20 a month subsistence income.
The report was produced by two major student unions: the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) in association with the Student Organisation for the Protection of Human Rights (SHR). It was released on 10 December in the capital Colombo.
The report's objective is to make the public aware of rights violations against students and get the attention of authorised bodies meant to protect students' rights.
IUSF Convener Sanjeewa Bandara claimed that more than 1,000 students had been suspended from universities during the past three to four years. Students had been penalised for fighting for their rights, but would continue protesting to safeguard free education regardless of the crackdown.