Thu. Dec 2nd, 2021

We’re getting in touch to inform you of new report entitled Sri Lanka: Torture and Sexual Violence by Security Forces 2020-2021. This shocking report by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) is being released ahead of the Human Rights Council Geneva session this month (13 September).
According to the ITJP report, the Sri Lankan police and army are still abducting, torturing and raping young Tamils just for taking part in commemoration events, anti-government protests or receiving funds from abroad. 

International investigators from the ITJP recorded detailed statements from 15 Tamils now in the UK who were abducted, illegally detained and tortured since the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government that came to power in November 2019.  Almost all were sexually violated.  Sri Lankan army officers in uniform are among those who perpetrated the torture and sexual violence, along with the notorious counter terrorism police unit.

 ITJP’s Executive Director, Yasmin Sooka. “Some of those who peacefully exercise their civic rights in Sri Lanka are being brutally beaten in detention, burned with hot metal rods and cigarettes, asphyxiated with petrol-soaked polythene bags, half drowned and then gang raped by the security forces.”

The ITJP was established in 2013 in response to emerging evidence regarding war crimes and crimes against humanity during the final phase of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 and its aftermath. The project is administered under the guidance of its director, transitional justice expert, Yasmin Sooka.

ITJP Torture Report Press Release (English)

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