The Right to Life human rights center and the Sri Lanka Collective Against Torture held the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on the occasion of “Are You a victim of Torture?” A panel discussion was held on the 27th at the BMICH. Former Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission Ambika Sathkulanathan, retired Senior DIG Priyantha Jayakody and Executive Director of Right to Life Human Rights Center Philip Dissanayake were the chief guests at the event. They discussed how the government has acted against peaceful protests in the…Read More
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Police Torture | “One who lives with Dhamma is protected by the Dhamma”
“All relevant authorities shall take active measures to prevent torture” Chairman, HRCSL
In December 1997, The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 26th June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, to commemorate the historic day in 1987, in which the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the key international instrument against torture came into effect. It appeals to all member states to implement the Convention in full effect with the intention of eradicating torture in all its forms across the world. It also requests for support from all stakeholders, civil society and individuals to…Read More
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…Read More