Senior Lawyer and well-known crusader for human rights and justice Manouri Muttetuwegama (85) passes away in Colombo;her husband was Communist Party Leader Sarath Muteuwegama while Father was Trotskyite Leader Dr.Colvin R de Silva


The death occurred yesterday of senior Attorney-at-Law and Human Rights activist Manouri Muttetuwegama (85), wife of the late MP and Attorney-at-Law Sarath Muttetuwegama.

A former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka,she was also the Chairperson of the All Island Commission on Disappearances and Chairperson of the Consultation Taskforce on Reconciliation Mechanisms.She was the Director Legal of Lake House for a brief period in 1997-1998 and also held the position of Editorial Consultant at Lake House in 2000-2001.

The daughter of the late Minister Dr.Colvin R.De Silva, Muttetuwegama was educated at Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo. She studied law in England and became a Barrister.

Upon her return to Sri Lanka, she took up practising law. She has appeared in numerous cases countrywide. She is survived by daughter Attorney Ramani Muttetuwegama. The funeral took place at the General Cemetery Kanatte, Borella last evening amidst health precautions.

Courtesy:Daily News