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Sri Lanka’s Record of Abuses

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on June 18, 2009


Sri Lanka Fails to Protect its Citizens’ Fundamental Human Rights

  • Extrajudicial Killings
  • State Responsibility for Enforced Disappearances
  • Arbitrary arrests and Detention
  • Torture
  • Forcible Returns of IDPs
  • Threats to Journalists and Media Restrictions
  • Recruitment of Child Soldiers
  • Safety of Humanitarian Workers
  • Culture of Impunity


Extrajudicial Killings:  
“Police and military investigations into the killing of Tamils [and] ddeaths in custody have too often been poorly handled and remarkably few convictions have resulted. . . . from November 2004 to October 2005 the police [fatally] shot at least 22 criminal suspects after taking them into custody. . . . in one of these cases had an internal police inquiry been opened.”

– Report of U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Philip Alston on his mission to Sri Lanka from 28 November to 6 December 2005” March 27, 2006. (UN Document: E/CN.4/2006/53/Add.5)


“[D]uring 2006, witnesses in Mutur identified to the Magistrate most of the perpetrators of more than 20 incidents of murder and abduction. The Police in Mutur arrested no one.”

“Can the East be Won through Human Culling?” University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna),Special report No 26, August 3, 2007.


“[T] the army – assisted by pro-government Tamil paramilitaries – is also engaged in a deliberate policy of extrajudicial killings and abductions of Tamils considered part of LTTE’s civilian support network. Targeted assassinations have been particularly frequent in Jaffna and parts of the east, often victimising civilians with no connection to the LTTE.”

“Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Crisis” International Crisis Group Report, June 14, 2007.




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