Govt. to study UN rapporteur’s claims

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The government yesterday said that it would study the statement made by UN Human Rights Expert Juan E. Mendez who slammed Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system, accusing police of sexually abusing suspects and still using torture seven years after the end of its ethnic war.

When inquired, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva told Daily Mirror that at the moment, he was unable to comment on the UN Rights Expert’s statement on behalf of the Foreign Ministry and they would study his statement further and will soon issue a statement.

Addressing a press conference in Colombo on Saturday, UN envoy Mendez said that he had found credible evidence of detainees being tortured and disappearances since the end of the war in May 2009.

Mendez, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, said he heard between 16,000 and 22,000 people had gone missing during the conflict and its immediate aftermath.

He described the disappearances as the “torture of the most horrifying kind”.

“The current legal framework and the lack of reform within the structures of the armed forces, police, attorney-general’s office and the judiciary perpetuate the real risk that the practice of torture will continue,” the UN rapporteur warned.

Still, the UN envoy expressed hope the government of President Maithripala Sirisena will deliver on promises of accountability for war crimes and an end to rights abuses. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • rohan Tuesday, 10 May 2016 04:04 AM

    Thanks for giving us the total number of LTTE carders died in the conflict via DM Android App

    ravi perrera Tuesday, 10 May 2016 04:08 AM

    Don't hold your breath while you are waiting for any Sri Lankan government doing anything about human rights abuses or criminality by politicians past or present. The popular view seems to be the army are all hero's to a man ,and in fact if anybody maybe done something like kill innocent people .....well other people were doing it too, so that's all right. Years ago the SLA killed a load of foreign aid workers , the world and his wife knows they are the guilty party , but here we are years down the line and not a single person held to account. The chances of anyone being found guilty of killing mere Tamils is absolutely zero.


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