MFPU says will complain to UNHRC

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By 2017-07-17

By Umesh moramudali

The Medical Faculty Parents' Union (MFPU) is to complain to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the breaching of the human rights of students who had been involved in protests demanding that the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine be abolished.

Vice President of the Union, Dr. Sunimal Jayakody said, they have evidence on students being attacked brutally. He also said that there are attempts being made to arrest and remand several students who fought against SAITM.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Faculty of Medicine Teachers' Associations of Sri Lanka (FFMTA) in a statement said that undesirable consequences due to establishment of the profit-oriented, privately owned institution offering medical degrees at Malabe (SAITM) is currently leading medical education and the State health service in the country to a crisis situation. "This issue has been unnecessarily dragged for too long and none of the stake holders in this issue is gaining by this unfortunate situation. In this critical juncture, we join hands with majority of voices which demand to take over this institution and turn it into a Government mechanism.

"It is also important to bring to notice that minimum standards do not mean a set of standards which lowers the expectations from an institution which seeks to establish a course to award a medical degree. Minimum standards are set keeping public interest in mind and the patient safety remains very high on the agenda, in deciding on minimum standards. Therefore, minimum standards in medical education should be set at a very high level to ensure the optimum quality of graduates who pass out from a given institution," added FFMTA.

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