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Rapporteur report on Sri Lanka must serve as ‘catalyst’ – Amnesty International

The damning findings of a UN Special Rapporteur report on Sri Lanka, which criticised the lack of progress on accountability and routine torture on the island, “must serve as a catalyst for wholesale changes” said Amnesty International.

Responding to the preliminary findings of Ben Emmerson, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Friday, David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Senior Advisor on South Asia, said Sri Lanka must make changes.

“From forgotten prisoners languishing behind bars for years without trial, to whole communities targeted for persecution and harassment, to endemic torture, this report must serve as a catalyst for wholesale changes,” said Mr Griffiths.

“This must start with repealing the Act and replacing it with legislation that meets international human rights standards. And, if the country is ever to truly move forward, those responsible on all sides for serious violations must be brought to justice.”

See more from Colombo Gazette here.