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31 complaints of police torture in Jaffna this year, up from last year

Thirty-one complaints of torture have been registered against police in Jaffna this year, the Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) regional official T Kanagaraj said last week.

The number of claims of torture by police had gone up compared to last year, Kanagaraj said.

The commission had also received 13 complaints of unlawful detention he said.

While the commission’s numbers covered the period up until November 2018, more than two instances of torture carried out by police departments in Jaffna have been reported in December.

Local groups also commented that HRCSL's numbers understated the actual prevalence of torture by police in the North-East, since several victims were reluctant to register complaints with the commission.