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Blog by Ann Hannah, Head of Policy and Advocacy
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Freedom from Torture is concerned that the announcement that the government of Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency will be an excuse for security forces to take a step backwards in their use of arbitrary detention and torture to control protests and unrest.
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This week’s Art Auction not only showcases work by 60 of the UK’s leading fine artists, but also by Freedom from Torture’s clients. For one survivor of torture, art has played a crucial role in helping him to rebuild his life.
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Freedom from Torture welcomes the statements of concern expressed by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, Ben Emmerson, at the end of his mission to Sri Lanka.
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Photo by Will Baxter, for Proving Torture: Demanding the Impossible Freedom from Torture is deeply concerned about new policy advice produced by the UK Government’s Home Office in respect of Sri Lanka.
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Freedom from Torture welcomed today’s decision by the UN Human Rights Council to keep the human rights situation in Sri Lanka under review for a further two years.
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Freedom from Torture welcomes the report this week on Sri Lanka from the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Torture. The report refers to Freedom from Torture evidence and describes an ongoing “culture of torture”.
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The United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture has called on the Sri Lankan government to take greater action to end the use of torture by state security forces and bring those responsible to justice.
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By Ann Hannah, International Advocate at Freedom from Torture
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Ban Ki-moon visits Sri Lanka today for three days. As he prepares to step down as UN Secretary-General this is an opportunity for him to show that his promises that the UN should deliver human rights for “the most vulnerable” are more than an empty diplomatic initiative.
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Freedom from Torture welcomes the acknowledgement of the widespread and continued use of torture in the criminal and security structures in Sri Lanka by the UN Special Rapporteur.
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Freedom from Torture, the UK-based human rights organisation, is calling for urgent action by the Government of Sri Lanka to end ongoing torture.
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The Foreign Affairs Select Committee report was published on Tuesday 5 April at  00.01hrs BST. Speaking ahead of publication, Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Freedom from Torture, said:
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Ann Hannah, International Advocate and Researcher at Freedom from Torture, said:
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Sonya Sceats, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture, said:
What does success look like?
Documents - 3 February, 2016
Front cover - Sri lankan torture survivor
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The participation of foreign judges is essential if survivors are to place their trust in Sri Lanka’s long-awaited justice process; and they are now placing their hope in the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to ensure that Sri Lanka holds to its promises: these are the messag
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Statement from Freedom from Torture on President Sirisena’s questioning of our 2015 torture evidence in BBC interview of 21 January 2016.

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