HRCSL: Directives against torture ignored by cops


by Dasun Edirisinghe

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka would strictly exercise its powers to eradicate torture, especially in police custody as complaints regarding such incidents had increased even seven years after the war ended, Chairperson of the HRCSL Dr. Deepika Udagama said.

Addressing the media yesterday, she said 413 complaints regarding torture in government institutions had been received by HRCSL during 2015.

Dr. Udagama said 53 complaints had been received so far this year.

Suspects had been tortured in police custody to elicit information from them, she said, adding at least now they should put a stop to torture.

Dr. Udagama said police should be better educated on crime prevention without resorting to torture.

According to statistics, the conviction rate remained as low as 5%, Dr. Udagama said, noting that there was no evidence that the crime rate could be reduced through torture.

The HRCSL Chairperson said some officials did not heed the recommendations given by them and they had proposed to enshrine the powers of the HRCSL in the new Constitution.

Dr. Udagama said the Commission had studied the situation in other countries and the the number of incidents of torture was lowest in the Scandinavian countries.

She said the investigations into complaints of torture had been accelerated.

"We will conduct a walk today to kick off the anti – torture campaign with participation of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, IGP etc," Dr. Udagama added.

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