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Sri Lanka: Forth custodial death within month reported (Update)

An inmate was killed at the Moneragala Prison on 3rd November after assaulted by jail guards, news media reports. According to Ceylon Today report Tensions...

Police Torture in Sri Lanka: One dead; One ransom demand

Abduction and demands for ransom by some officers of Kuda oya Police Station. Two young men named Wicramage Shanaka Chathuranga and Wicramage Eishan Chintaka Lakamal...

Sri Lanka: Forced Anal Exams in Homosexuality Prosecutions; Arbitrary Arrests & Torture of LGBT People

Police, Judicial Officers Should End Arbitrary Arrests, Torture of LGBT People (Colombo / October 20, 2020) – Sri Lankan authorities have subjected at least seven people...

Only a Few Bad Apples?: Addressing Police Violence in Sri Lanka – Ambika Satkunanathan

 Image Courtesy :torturemag.org ‘So it seems to me that despite so many decisions, torture at police stations continues unabated, in utter contempt of fundamental rights...

Sri Lanka: The brutal police assault on Thariq Ahamed, a 14 year old autistic boy – Ali Zahir Moulana

The news of the brutal assault by police on Thariq Ahamed, a 14 year old autistic boy of Dharga Town, Aluthgama is shocking and...

Torture case against President Rajapaksa in US withdrawn. Plan to refile case when he leaves office.

Johannesburg, South Africa: Eleven Sri Lankans who sued Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the United States for damages for torture have made the strategic decision to...

Sri Lanka SC issues 20 strict guidelines for law enforcement

Landmark ruling raps Police over Matara schoolgirl unlawful arrest case. Reacting to the growing abuse of power by law enforcement authorities, the Supreme Court, in...

UN torture prevention body concludes visit to Sri Lanka

Image: The delegation of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture  visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka too. GENEVA/COLOMBO (12 April, 2019) —...

UN torture prevention body to visit Sri Lanka next week

Image: Torture by prison officials at Agunakolapalassa prison came in to light through a leaked CCTV footage. (Press release/29 March, 2019)  GENEVA  — The United...

Supreme Court (UK) reasserts the role of medical experts in asylum claims by torture survivors

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that the lower courts were wrong to override the conclusions of a medical expert when...

Call for immediate action on assault of prisoners at Angunakolapalessa Prison in Sri Lanka

On 16th January 2019,leaked video footage was released to the media, showing brutal and systematic assault on detainees at the Angunakolapalessa prison in the Southern...

Sri Lanka: State obligation with regard to torture, and failed governance

(September 2 2018) A meeting held by the Kandy Regional Office of the Human Rights Commission in support of victims of torture on June 29,...

Conclusions and Recommendations of UN SP Ben Emmerson on Sri Lanka

(Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism on his mission to Sri Lanka) A. Conclusions 59. In 2015, Sri...

Defender of Justice, Fr. Nandana Manatunga Wins Prestigious 2018 Gwangju Human Rights Award

Written by Sen Nguyen. (June 1, 2018) Diploma in Human Rights Training… diploma in Youth Pastoral & Faith Education… diploma in Foundations for Pastoral Renewal… diploma...

State of Emergency in Sri Lanka must not be used to detain and torture protesters – Freedom form Torture

Image: Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force and Police officers stand guard near a burnt house after a clash between two communities in Digana, central district...

Urgently deliver on number of HR reforms listed in GSP+ regulation, European Union tells Sri Lanka

Image: The Government should ensure that alleged torture by the police and security forces comes to an end, that perpetrators are brought to justice...

An opportunity to introduce reforms to address situations of arbitrary deprivation of liberty in Sri Lanka

Image: Chairman of UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Jose Antonio Guevara Burmudez speaks during a media briefing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Dec. 15,...

Sri Lanka SC awards compensation to British tourist with Buddha tattoo

The Supreme Court today awarded a total of Rs.800,000 -- Rs.600,000 as compensation and Rs.200,000 as cost--to Britisher Naomi Coleman who was arrested and...

Sri Lanka should investigate torture allegations, says NPC

The Associated Press (AP) has carried a news story that gives a graphic account of torture practices in Sri Lanka that allegedly continue to...

International community’s ‘soft diplomacy’ approach to Sri Lanka has not worked

Issuing a statement calling  the international community to re-prioritize accountability and justice in Sri Lanka  number of  Northern /Tamil  civil society organisations  says that  the international...

Sri Lanka does not condone or tolerate any form of torture, Govt tells NYT

In a reply to the article titled ‘Dozens of Men Describe Rape, Torture by Sri Lanka Government’ by the Associated Press that was published in...

Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka Government

LONDON (AP) — One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where...

The Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka : OHCHR report on the civil and political rights

Image:  the military presence in the North and East regions remained heavy and a culture of surveillance and intimidation and harassment in certain instances persisted,...

Sri Lanka: Fourteen-year-old child tortured by Moratuwa Police

(AHRC) 14-year-old Kahingala Waduge Kanidu Minsara Silva, who was illegally arrested, detained and tortured by the Moratuwa Police Station on 10 October 2017. Minsara...

Torture by Sri Lanka IGP: if you are bitten by a cobra there is hardly any cure”

Sri Lanka: Video showing the IGP grabbing a Police Officer by the collar challenges the respect due to on-duty Policemen. There is a saying that...

Sri Lanka: Barbaric behaviour [of the IGP] cannot be dismissed as ‘not quite torture’

Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena. That Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs has chosen to flippantly wave aside the stupefying conduct of the Inspector General of...

Fr. Nandana Manatunga wants Nalin Ladduwahetty, PC to withdraw defamatory court statement

Writing to Mr. Nalin Ladduwahetty, President's Counsel, Fr. Nandana Manatunga the Director of Human Rights Office Kandy  has requested him to withdraw his defamatory  statement by...

Torturing and killing of 2 Tamil youth: SC found Police guilty & order 2 M. compensation

The Supreme Court has ordered the State to pay a sum of two million rupees as compensation to the parents of two youths who...

SRI LANKA: Medical officers colluding with police refuse to treat a victim tortured by Ingiriya Police

Images: Torture marks on Wickrama Aarachchige Nimal's body. On 17 January, 2017, Wickrama Aarachchige Nimal, 55 years of age, a resident of No: 1/4/A, Wela Ihala,...

Sri Lanka: SC orders Rs. 1m compensation to Police torture victim

  Image: Justice Eva Wanasundera. By Namini Wijedasa. The Supreme Court this week ordered the payment of Rs 1 million in compensation to a man who was tortured...
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