Recent Police Atrocities Under Militarization in North and East Sri-Lanka

Recent Police Atrocities Under Militarization in North and East Sri-Lanka

Militarized violence against civilians in North and East of Sri-Lanka has increased in the recent past. Sri-Lanka brief has also published some of the cases related to torture against fishers by the Sri-Lanka navy. Military involvement and its control in civil administration in North and East is nothing new and along with the Covid-19 pandemic military has gained more power to control the civil life. Further, militarization has given power to police and men attached to intelligence to act unlawfully and to commit various forms of violence against civilians of…

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අතුරුදහන්කරවීම් වාර්තා නොවු සිව් වසරක් – පිලිප් දිසානායක

අතුරුදහන්කරවීම් වාර්තා නොවු සිව් වසරක්...

සියළුම ආකාරයේ අතුරුදහන්කරවීම්වලට එරෙහි ජාත්යීන්තර දිනය අගෝස්තු 30ට යෙදී තිබුනි. මිනිසුන් අතුරුදහන්කරවීම් සම්බන්ධව වාර්තා පිට වාර්තා තැබූ රටක් ලෙස ඉතිහාසගත වී තිබූ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පසුගිය සිව් වසර තුළ කිසිදු අතුරුදහන්කරවීමක් නිල වශයෙන් වාර්තා නොවීම ‌‌ෛඑතිහාසික වැදගත්කමකින් යුතු සිද්ධියක් ලෙස සැලකිය යුතුය. නමුත් මේ කාලය තුළ පැහැර ගැනීම් කිහිපයක් වාර්තා වූ නමුත්, පසුව ඔවුන් අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් බවට ප්‍රකාශ විය. ඒමෙන්ම, සමහර ජාත්‍යන්තර මානව හිමිකම් සංවිධාන මේ කාලය තුළ යම් අතුරුදහන්කරවීම් සිද්ධි කිහිපයක් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළින් වාර්තා වී ඇති බවට සදහන් කර තිබුනත්, එවා තහවුරු කර ගැනීමට මෙතෙක් නොහැකි වී තිබේ. කෙසේ…

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මනුෂ්‍යයින් අමනුෂ්‍යයින් කරන ලංකාවේ බන්ධනාගාර!

පාරිභෝගික අයිතීන් සුරැකීමේ සංවිධානයේ සභාපති අසේල සම්පත් මහතා නිවසේ රැඳී සිටියදී 2021- 06-26 දා රාත්‍රියේ වෑන් රථයකින් පැමිණි පිරිසක් නිවසට කඩා වැදී නිවසේ බඩු භාණ්ඩ කඩා බිඳ දමා අසේල සම්පත් මහතාව පැහැර ගෙන ගොස් තිබුණි.                            මේ පැහැර ගැනීමත් සමඟ ඔහුගේ දියණිය ඒ සම්බන්ධව සමාජ මාධ්‍ය වෙත වීඩියෝවක් නිකුත් කර තිබුණි. පසුව හෙළි වුයේ අසේල සම්පත් මහතාව ගෙන ගොස් තිබුණේ අපරාධ පරික්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් බවය. ඒ මොහුට විරුද්ධව ලැබී තිබු පැමිණිල්ලක් සම්බන්ධයෙනි.               …

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A Statement by SLCAT on International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Today as we mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we the undersigned express grave concern about the increasing use of torture in Sri Lanka. During the last year, we witnessed the COVID-19 pandemic cause unimaginable challenges to Sri Lankans. In this context of deep instability and uncertainty, Sri Lankan citizens have been made to feel more insecure through the increasing use of violence by the police. SLCAT recognizes at least 30 reported incidents of torture, 22 and 5 custodial and extra judicial deaths between the period…

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BASL hits out: Condemns the failure of the Police including the IGP to protect persons in custody

BASL hits out: Condemns the failure of the Police including the IGP to protect persons in custody

The Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has strongly condemned the recent killing of two suspects in police custody, namely Melon Mabula alias ‘Uru Juwa’ and Tharaka Perera Wijesekera alias ‘Kosgoda Tharaka’ which has occurred on two consecutive days. In a statement today (13), the BASL pointed out that the Attorney-at-Law representing Tharaka Wijesekera had made representations to the Police as well as the IGP, the Director of the CID and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) with regard to their safety prior to…

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Covid -19 and the constitution

Covid 19 and the constitution

Basil Fernando Arundhati Roy, prominent writer and social activist in India has written several important articles in the recent few days on the problem of the spread of Covid and the vast numbers of deaths that are taking place in India. In an article written just a few days back, Arundhati Roy directly addresses the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi and points to the fact that the Covid crisis in India is a problem of governance in India. System of governance have failed and it is now threatening the…

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Sri Lanka: Criticism of Ongoing Use of Torture

(May 13, 2016) In a statement following a nine-day trip to Sri Lanka, Juan E. Méndez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, claimed that criminal and terrorism investigators in Sri Lanka still use torture against detainees, even though the use has declined since the end of the country’s civil war seven years ago. While in the country, Méndez conducted a series of interviews with individuals who had been detained; their stories were confirmed with forensic tests. (Taylor Isaac, UN Rights Expert: Sri Lanka Investigators Still Using Torture, PAPER CHASE…

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UN rights expert warns torture routinely used against Sri Lankan security suspects

“The Tamil community has borne the brunt of the State’s well-oiled torture apparatus,” said Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, adding that the law is used disproportionately against the minority group. During his visit between 10 and 14 July to assess the progress Sri Lanka has achieved in its law, policies and practice in the fight against terrorism since the end of its internal armed conflict, Mr. Emmerson heard first-hand accounts of brutal torture. “These included beatings with sticks, stress positions, asphyxiation using plastic bags…

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Torture in Sri Lanka – ‘Many times I would lose consciousness’

Thevan (not his real name) has flashbacks of the impossible days he spent being tortured in a police cell in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. These flashbacks force him to relive a story so harrowing that even he sometimes struggles to believe it happened to him. “I was blindfolded and with my hands tied behind my back. Sometimes our heads were banged against the wall or we would be kicked on our chests. Many times I was half conscious or would lose consciousness. When I would come back I would find…

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