Nov 16, 2016

UNCAT queries govt. over torture camps Featured

The UN Committee against Torture yesterday (15) questioned the Sri Lankan government over the reported existence of secret torture camps in the country.

The UNCAT also asked if a proper investigation has taken place into torture camps that existed during the Rajapaksa regime, said journalist Sunanda Deshapriya who observed the proceedings in Geneva.

Govt. admits
The government and the National Human Rights Commission admitted that especially police abuse has not halted in Sri Lanka, he said.

The government had less statistics, while the NHRC had more statistics about the incidence of such abuse, he said.

The UNCAT has also noted inadequate measures to prevent torture and abuse.

Ruki Fernando & others
RukeeF 670px 16 11 16It also raised the brief detention of human rights activist Ruki Fernando at the airport, and wanted to know if it was an act of revenge.

Questions over several other instances of abuse were asked from Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government response is due to be made available today.

Deshapriya said they would pay attention to see if the response would comprise a positive reaction to the NHRC report.

The UNCAT is due to publish its report on Sri Lanka in December.

Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has maintained that no torture camp existed in Sri Lanka now, BBC Sandeshaya reports.

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