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SRI LANKA: Giriulla police illegally arrested, tortured and detained a man for 39 days without producing before any Court


Urgent Appeal Case : The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that Mr. A.A. Aberathna Bandara was illegally arrested, illegally detained for 39 days and severely tortured by officers attached to the Giriulla Police Station. Aberathna was arrested on 7 February but not produced in court until the 18 March. The police gave the explanation that he had absconded from the police station and had only just been rearrested. The victim and his family members described how brutally his rights were violated and seek an immediate inquiry into the incident. They also plead for urgent measures to protect his life and those of his family members. This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country. Read More...

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The Police Torture Epidemic in Sri Lanka

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Torture in Sri Lanka

Torture is endemic in Sri Lanka is it practiced at every police station and detention centre including those kept under the Terrorism Investigating Unit. Torture is the mode by which crimes are investigated and this implies even investigations into many offences. Torture is often used to implicate innocent people particularly from low income backgrounds in cases where the police have filed to find the actual culprits in these cases. Torture is often accompanied with the filing of fabrication of charges.

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