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By Susitha R. Fernando


The Human Rights Commission (HRC) claimed that police torture of those in custody had not changed despite pressure and a large number of Supreme Court rulings on the violation of fundamental rights.

In its final report on the inquiry into the killing of two youth in Angulana, the HRC said the police whose duty was to uphold law and order had not even followed basic procedures in the performance of their duties and had seriously violated the human rights of the victims.

“Even where there has been a large number of court orders issued in cases of violating fundamental rights and where the Supreme Court had imposed heavy penalties and compensation to be paid by the perpetrator police officers personally, it has not made much of a difference,” HRC report said.

It also expressed concern that killings while in police custody had continued to become a serious problem in Sri Lanka.

The 50-page report was compiled by the six member team led by HRC Investigation Director Samanthi Jayamanna on the instructions of HRC Additional Secretary Nimal Punchihewa.

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  • Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:59 PM

    Abdul, which well did you creep out of this morning? It will be safer for you to get back there.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 06:31 PM

    Police brutalities? No.. no.. no.. Our police only do such things against terrorists .....

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 01:00 PM

    The peaceniks are at it again.Just look around you guys you are torturing each other by taking space in this world.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 07:01 PM

    This is nothing new!

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 04:34 PM

    ABDUL you must law of the land please do not without knoweing the suject you are ignorance but it happed to you what yyou will say.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 04:35 PM

    the human righs is what? you r education is nothing, please do not pork your fingure.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 10:06 PM

    Nothing will change, however much - whoever cries!

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 04:52 PM

    I agreed the massage. They never going to change. They are animals. They are not real police or amy for tamil people in this country

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 05:00 PM

    MR should take the "credit" of the Police inefficiencies/brutalities as he was greedy enough to grab the victory of the Army against the Tigers.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:24 PM

    Again, this is an internal matter...what cn the HRC do ??????

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:29 PM

    Will you say the same thing if u had faced the same situation in police or any other.

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:30 PM

    No, REALLY?? I'm shocked!

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:33 PM

    hey Abdul....this is a local HRC..don't try to be frog in the well

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:38 PM

    :-) HRC is internal and based in Sri Lanka .The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka was established under the Act No: 21 of 1996 and it comes under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

    One should educate onself before you judge and comment

    Tuesday, 09 February 2010 12:57 PM

    Yes Police torture is rampant in the country. As countrymen we are ashamed to admit same.


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