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* US human rights report says torture and other cruel punishment employed in Sri Lanka although prohibited by law
Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 10:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: The US State Department's human rights report for 2018 said although the constitution and law prohibit Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, authorities reportedly employed them.

The US State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor published its 43rd annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018 and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday released the report to the public.

Sri Lanka's military and police harassed civilians with impunity although civilian authorities generally maintained control over the security forces, the report said.

It added that the government is yet to implement a mechanism to hold accountable government security personnel accused of crimes during the civil war.

During the year, however, the government took steps to investigate, prosecute, and punish some officials who committed human rights abuses, the report noted.

Human rights issues included unlawful killings; torture, notably sexual abuse; arbitrary detention by government forces; website blocking; violence against lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons and criminalization of same-sex sexual activity; and corruption. Although same-sex sexual conduct was prohibited by law, it was rarely prosecuted.

Full Country Report on Human Rights Practices for 2018 in Sri Lanka can be accessed here.

 

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