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Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

This report was released by the UN  Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment following his visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016. The report summarises his observations on the prevailing situation while stressing that 'the issue of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is part of the legacy of the country’s armed conflict.'

Download: Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture [pdf: 296 KB] - Published: January 2017

UNCAT: Concluding Observations

The 15 page document released at the end of the 59th Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) contains the concluding observations on Sri Lanka's widespread use of torture.

Download: Concluding Observations on the Fifth Periodic Report on Sri Lanka [pdf: 7.72MB] - Published: December 2016

Proving Torture: Demanding the impossible

The 79 page report reveals how Home Office asylum caseworkers disregard or mistreat expert medical evidence of torture and make clinical judgements about survivors’ injuries that they are not qualified to make. The report provides a detailed analysis of how a cohort of 50 expert medico-legal reports documenting physical and psychological evidence of torture has been treated by asylum caseworkers in the UK Home Office.

Download: Proving Torture: Demanding the impossible  [pdf: 1.48MB] - Published: November 2016

Tainted Peace: Torture in Sri Lanka since May 2009

The 77 page report published by Freedom From Torture (FFT) shows that one of the most urgent tasks faced by the Sri Lankan state is to eradicate torture by the military and police. The report is based on doctors' forensic reports (medico-legal reports) of 148 survivors, which document their physical and psychological injuries from torture.

Download: Tainted Peace: Torture in Sri Lanka since May 2009  [pdf: 0.99MB] - Published: August 2015

Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015

The 134-page report by International Truth and Justice Project Sri Lanka (ITJP) is based on 180 cases of torture and/or sexual violence in post-war Sri Lanka. The evidence points to the commission of crimes against humanity and other violations of human rights by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Download: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015  [pdf: 1.26MB] - Published: July 2015

Sexual violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan security forces

The 140-page report published by Human Rights Watch provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka.

Download: HRW report on sexual violence against Tamils  [pdf: 1.22MB] - Published: February 2013

Sri Lanka's mass Detention of LTTE Suspects

A Briefing note published by the International Commission of Jurists addressing the human rights concerns arising from what may be the largest mass administrative detention anywhere in the world.

Download: ICJ Report on mass detention of LTTE suspects [pdf: 624kb] - Published: September 2010

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