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Torture

Torture

  • Conclutions and Recomendations of the Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada to the Committee against Torture re Sri Lanka

    Conclusions:The Government of Sri Lanka is clearly not ready, willing nor capable of fully implementing the Convention against Torture into its domestic law. In the past few months, Sri Lanka has come under increasing pressure to investigate credible allegations of torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity. However, the Government of Sri Lanka has refused […]

  • ‘Hundreds tortured’ in police custody

    Hundreds of people were tortured in police custody since January this year in Sri Lanka, international human rights groups say. The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said it has documented nearly 100 cases of torture and killings in police custody.Panadura based Janasandaya has documented at least 100 more cases, AHRC’s Basil Fernando told BBC Sandeshaya. […]

  • Report of the Amnesty International to Committee against Torture- CAT- on Sri Lanka

    This briefing is submitted to the Committee against Torture (hereafter the Committee) prior to its consideration of Sri Lanka s combined third and fourth periodic reports on its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (hereafter the Convention). It details Amnesty International’s concern about a persistent pattern […]

  • ICJ report to the CAT ( re torture in Sri Laka) Read more >

    ICJ report to the CAT ( re torture in Sri Laka)

    INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS SUBMISSION TO THE COMMITTEE AGAINST TORTURE ON THE EXAMINATION OF THE COMBINED THIRD AND FOURTH PERIODIC REPORTS OF SRI LANKA UNDER THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT Committee against Torture, 47th Session, 31 October – 25 November 2011 ICJ Submission to the Committee against […]

  • JOINT ALTERNATIVE REPORT from the Sri Lankan NGO Collective to the Committee Against Torture

    ”This joint report is submitted to the Committee against Torture (“the Committee”) in response to the Committee’s list of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka (CAT/C/LKA/3-4).  ”   14 October 2011 Contents ABBREVIATIONS. 3 I.        Introduction. 1 II.       Context. 3 III.     Definition of […]

  • In 17 years only 3 were convicted for torture

    ”The point at which the law will actually have an impact is at the criminal justice level and in these contexts, if a prosecution under Sri Lanka’s 1994 Anti-Torture Act successfully takes place. However, during the entire seventeen years since the enactment of this law, only a meagre three convictions have been handed down by […]

  • University student leader attacked in Jaffna

    Suspected Sri Lanka Army intelligence personnel armed with sharp iron rods followed the Jaffna University Student Union leader K. Thavapalan and attacked him at Kantharmadam in Jaffna seriously wounding the student leader who has been mobilizing students in democratic protests against the grease-devil threat recently. Mr. Thavapalan has been admitted at the Intensive Care Unit […]

  • An alternative report to the committee against torture

    ”In this 22 page report the four organisations have commented on the widespread torture practiced in Sri Lanka and the failure of the government to comply with the CAT by its failure to provide for a credible and competent investigating mechanism for the investigation of torture allegations, the government’s failure to provide protection to victims […]

  • Committee against Torture – List of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka ( Nov 2011) Read more >

    Committee against Torture – List of issues to be considered during the examination of the combined third and fourth periodic reports of Sri Lanka ( Nov 2011)

    (CAT/C/LKA/3-4) Articles 1 and 4 1. In view of the statement in the appendix to the State party’s periodic report, paragraph 9, that the  definition of torture in the article 12 of the Convention against Torture Act No. 22 of 1994 would “necessarily include any suffering that is caused to any person,” please clarify whether […]

  • Sri Lanka doctors ‘complicit in torture’

    Doctors in five countries including Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to report torture when they treat torture victims, says the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In a detailed report, the BMJ says medical professionals in UK, US, Italy, Israel and Sri Lanka are complicit in torture by failing to blow the whistle. The […]

  • ‘Panic’ in Jaffna over Grease Devils

    Charles HavilandMilitary believes former Tamil Tigers were behind some of the crowd violence An opposition MP in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka says many people there are in a state of panic and afraid to go out at night because of the security forces’ behaviour. Reports say the police and army beat up 20 people […]

  • JAFFNA: BRUTAL ASSAULT OF CIVILIANS IN NAVANTHURAI Read more >

    JAFFNA: BRUTAL ASSAULT OF CIVILIANS IN NAVANTHURAI

    Around 100 young men from Navanthurai, a village in the Jaffna District, were detained in an operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Army around 1.15am on 23rd August 2011. The villagers were severely beaten by the army and dragged to the main road near the Navanthurai Army Detachment located around 300 meters from the village. […]

  • Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna Read more >

    Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna

    Those who were taken into Army custody from their homes in Navathurai mercilessly assaulted: limbs brokenThe residents of Navathurai district Jaffna who were involved in a conflict with the Army over the grease devil menace , and were later taken into custody by the Army from their homes on the 22nd night had been assaulted […]

  • AHRC demands justice by Neth FM journalist assaulted by police Read more >

    AHRC demands justice by Neth FM journalist assaulted by police

    The Asian Human Rights Commission has demanded justice for journalist Nilupa Sanjaya Liyanagehewa, who had been assaulted by police. In a statement, the AHRC says it has received information that Mr. Liyanagehewa of Neth FM, one of the Sri Lanka’s leading electronic media institutions, was assaulted by a group of 15 police officers attached to the […]

  • Magistrate does not see Manel, a six-yeared remanded

    by Harshi C. PereraAll Magistrates in Sri Lanka are legally empowered to visit and inspect the conditions of pretrial detainees in prisons. This measure is introduced to stop torturing and inhumanly treating pretrial detainees in prisons.Detaining a suspect in remand prison for over six years is a blatant form of torture.Suspect number 760, W. Manel […]

  • Worrying ground situation in Jaffna

    The next day (last) Sunday morning, his blood-drenched body was hanging from a goal post in a playground in Putur, just two kilometres from his home. It bore torture marks. The nails of fingers in both hands had been plucked out, Jaffna Judicial Medical Officer (JMO), Dr. S. Sivaruban, testified at the post-mortem inquiry. He […]

  • A report on 323 cases of police torture in Sri Lanka

    by Basil Fernando,   The Asian Human Rights Commission which has documented over 1500 cases of torture and ill treatment by the Sri Lankan police has now compiled a report of 323 cases. In this presentation Mr. Basil Fernando, the Director of Policy and Programmes explains the causes of police torture in Sri Lanka and the […]

  • Sri Lanka: Fears for Tamils deported from UK

    Twenty-six Sri Lankans deported by the UK have arrived back in Colombo on an overnight charter flight.A BBC reporter outside the airport and sources inside confirmed their plane had touched down. Reports say the deportees were taken for questioning.Human rights groups have criticised Britain, saying the mainly Tamil asylum seekers may not be safe. The […]

  • Journalist arrested and severely tortured by Panadura Police

    Urgent AppealThe Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. Niroshan Premaratne, a professional journalist attached to the Independent Television Network (ITN) of Wickremasinghe Pura, Battaramulla, Colombo was illegally arrested and severely tortured by police officers attached to the Panadura Police Station on 8 May 2011May 20, 2011ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION-URGENT APPEAL PROGRAMMEUrgent […]

  • Another man is severely assaulted by the Inginiyagala Police

    Mr. P W Cyril Sarath Kumara (26) of No: 6 B/59 A, Ambagahawella, Paragahakelle, Ampara, is a farmer by profession. On 4 April 2011 he was at Ambagahawela, Paragahakelle in the village along with a few other villagers. As it was the New Year celebration period several villagers were playing cards. At around 11pm several […]

  • SRI LANKA: An innocent man was illegally arrested, detained and severely tortured by the CID

    May 12, 2011/Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-092-2011 Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. W.A. Lasantha Pradeep Wijeratna (36) of No. 98, Galahitiyawa, Ganemulla in the district of Gampaha was illegally arrested and severely tortured by the police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Department on 15 August 2010. Lasantha […]

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