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‘Impunity for sexual and gender-based violence is high in Sri Lanka’ says Amnesty International

“Impunity for sexual and gender-based violence is high in Sri Lanka, despite repeated assurances by consecutive governments to address this issue,” Amnesty International wrote in a blog marking International Women’s Day.

The rights group highlighted that just in the first 15 days of 2020, 142 cases of rape, and 42 cases of serious sexual abuse, and 54 child abuse cases were reported.

“The total number of rape cases in the country is much higher because many go unreported. A large number of cases also sit with the Attorney General’s department, while only a smaller percentage of the cases make it to Magistrates and High Courts,” the blog stated.

The blog also included facts and statistics about the situation of women’s rights in some of the other countries in South Asia.

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