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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka rejects torture report

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has rejected a report by UK based charity Freedom From Torture, which detailed cases of torture that continues under the present Sri Lankan government.

“We cannot accept such claims,” said the Legal Secretary and Media Spokesman of the HRCSL Nimal Punchihewa.

“HRCSL officials visit Sri Lankan prisons on regular basis but no incident of torture has been reported and we have not received any complaints,” he added.

He went on to tell The Sunday Leader that HRCSL officials visit prisons once a month and denied they had received complaints of torture. He also denied arrests were continuing to take place under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

Mr Punchihewa’s comments come after current Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he would only address the report, after the UN Human Rights Council session in September.

See more in our earlier posts:

Ranil says torture report will be addressed after OISL report is released (13 Aug 2015)

Strong international involvement needed to address ongoing torture in Sri Lanka says Freedom From Torture (13 Aug 2015)

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