“Unbearable treatment”: torture continues despite Sri Lankan government’s promise

Ten years on from the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war, we have documented evidence of torture of its Tamil citizens in the context of ongoing security operations.

This is despite the Sri Lankan government’s stated ‘zero tolerance’ policy on torture, and commitments to promote human rights when it was elected in 2015.

In 2015, the new government of President Sirisena pledged to promote accountability and human rights, including to the UN Human Rights Council. Despite this, today we release a briefing based on 16 cases of Sri Lankan nationals who were detained and tortured between 2015 and 2017. Torture has continued in Sri Lanka security operations under supposedly ‘human rights friendly’ Sri Lankan government elected in 2015.

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