Relief Appeal

July 28, 2010 (LBO) – Depositors of a failed Sri Lankan finance company desperate to get their money back want to petition the United Nations human rights council saying their fundamental rights have been violated, a spokeswoman said. Only a few depositors had benefitted from a government repayment scheme for those who had money in the Golden Key Credit Card Company, part of the Ceylinco goup, the spokeswoman for the Ceylinco depositors association said.

“We will send a petition to the Geneva human rights council in three weeks after getting the signatures of all depositors,” she told our sister news website Vimasuma.com.

She said depositors had filed action in local courts saying their fundamental rights had been violated after they lost their deposits when the Golden key Credit Card Company collapsed.

The case has been postponed repeatedly with the next hearing scheduled for August 6.

“We hope it will not be postponed again,”‘ the spokeswoman said, adding that they had also appealed to president Mahinda Rajapaksa to intervene on behalf of the 38,000 depositors of the failed firm.

The central bank said earlier this week that 772.93 million rupees had been paid to 7,838 deposit holders of the Golden Key Credi