The report

Freedom from Torture has published a new report documenting evidence of torture ongoing in Sri Lanka after the end of the civil war.

Key findings include:

  • Torture perpetrated by state actors within both the military and police has continued in Sri Lanka after the conflict ended in May 2009 and is still occurring in 2011
  • Those at particular risk of torture include Tamils who have an actual or perceived association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
  • A variety of different types of torture have been perpetrated in a significant number of locations around Sri Lanka during the post-conflict period
  • A wide range of different forms of torture have been used, often in combination, to inflict severe suffering on victims of torture with devastating psychological and physical consequences
  • Many Sri Lankan torture victims are left with visible scarring attributable to both blunt force trauma and burns which suggests impunity for perpetrators of torture in Sri Lanka

Freedom from Torture has presented these findings to the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva who will be examining Sri Lanka in its current session.

Freedom from Torture is grateful to the European Union which funded the research for this report. Disclaimer: This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Freedom from Torture and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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