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Torture is a fact of life in countries across Asia, including in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and China, human rights body Amnesty International (AI) said adding action should be taken against the issue

"Torture is a fact of life in countries across Asia. The problem isn't limited to a few rogue states, but is endemic throughout the region," said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director.

"Asian countries must stop paying lip service to their commitment to end torture. Signing up to the international treaties is important but not enough. It must be backed up with concrete action," he said at the launch of the organisation's campaign "Stop Torture".

Torture is used to force confessions or to silence activists in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, the organisation said.

It is used to extort money in places such as Myanmar and Nepal, where poor and marginalised people are unable to bribe their way out of being tortured, the organisation claimed.

Amnesty International has reported on torture or other forms of ill-treatment in at least 141 countries from every region of the world over the past five years.

In a number of Asia-Pacific countries the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is routine and accepted by many as a legitimate response to high levels of crime, according to the organisation.

In 2014, thirty years after the UN adopted the 1984 Convention Against Torture, which commits all governments to combating the abuse, Amnesty International has claimed that at least 23 Asia-Pacific countries still resort to torturing or ill-treating.

Given the secretive nature of the abuse, the true number is likely to be higher, according to the organisation. (PTI)
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  • Yuri Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:52 AM

    Sri Lankan name in every negative things. not a single Positive. who is responsible The people who make the Gov or the Politician

    Mohammed Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:35 AM

    Add to the list "America and UK"

    old citizen Friday, 16 May 2014 12:19 PM

    The truth is many nations have progressed broadly in many ways but their approach towards humanity has narrowed badly.

    DHA Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:44 AM

    What about western countries AI ???.....or its just that your report overlooks that side since they are rich and powerful ???

    Pramitha Fernando Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:26 AM

    Amnesty International why not investigate US and UK backed torture in most Arab countries as well as in Guantanamo bay?

    Mohideen Wednesday, 14 May 2014 09:51 AM

    My dear friend the deference between UK,USA and SL they do not Torture their people,I'm not agree with UK and US foreign policy,make your eyes open what a bunch of Thugs are ruling the country.

    mollamaari Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:00 AM

    Yes, USA & UK. And a special category called Torture, Rape & Beheading for all Middle Eastern Muslim Countries!

    nishan Friday, 16 May 2014 06:06 AM

    Amnesty International have made many syatements on Guantanamo Bay. typical sri lankans just shouting. too lazy even to use to check that.

    Mohammed Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:52 PM

    US & UK tortured not only muslims but also Red Indians by US and Irish by UK.......Dear Mohideen come out from the well and see the world.........

    Pathi Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:02 AM

    Tell me AI, why don't you open your silly mouth and talk of the atrocities being committed even now in Guantanamo Bay, etc. What makes you think that the Western Countries do not commit Human Rights abuses. What a stupid man.

    Nims Thursday, 15 May 2014 06:32 AM

    Ney Mohideen, have you ever heard about torturing at Qantanmo prison? Who did those?

    Nims Thursday, 15 May 2014 06:38 AM

    The truth is: AI is paid by the west for the shit work they do,


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