Sri Lanka ‘still torturing’ Tamils
originally by: Channel 4 News
published: 7th November 2011
The UN has already found that evidence of the killing of up to 40,000 civilians amid allegations of serious human rights abuses amounted to “credible allegations” that war crimes had been committed during the last days of the civil war in 2009.
Now ahead of a United Nations meeting tomorrow, human rights groups are calling for an urgent investigation into the allegations that human rights abuses are still rife in Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government dismisses all that as “preposterous”. He has embarked on a charm offensive to help repair his island nation’s tarnished reputation.
But Channel 4 News has spoken to two men who say that behind the smiles, there still lies a vengeful, sadistic regime.
The Tamil Tigers stand accused of war crimes too. Suspected fighters were rounded up at the end of the war, but it is claimed suspects are still being detained – and tortured – today.
“Nimal”, whose identity we have concealed, claims he was tortured by Sri Lankan security forces in June this year because of his association with the Tamil Tigers.
Read full report >