Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

Country’s judicial system and tolerance of abuse a stain on country’s international reputation, reports Ben Emmerson QC

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country.

The four-day visit by Ben Emmerson QC was conducted with the full cooperation of the Sri Lankan government, but the British lawyer found that the country’s judicial system, and tolerance of torture, is a “stain on the country’s international reputation”.

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