Sri Lanka taken concrete steps to prevent torture

Vastavam web: Sri Lanka is committed to work towards reconciliation with Tamils and has taken concrete steps to prevent torture, the foreign ministry said today after a media report claimed that more than 60 Sri Lankans were subjected to physical abuse under the current government.The report quoting International Truth and Justice Project an advocacy group administered by the Foundation for Human Rights claimed that the men were accused of trying to revive the LTTE and tortured between early 2016 to as recently as July of this year.
The National Human Rights Commission had ensured access to places where there may be complaints of torture, issuance of orders to all police and security officials forbidding torture of any kind, with punishment to the full extent of the law, if violated, the ministry said.The commission is welcoming visits by human rights organisations, including to the places where allegations of torture have been made, so that they can see for themselves that such illegal and reprehensible actions are not taking place in the country, it said.Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said yesterday the story would be taken notice of by the world body.
According to UN figures, up to 40,000 civilians in the conflict.Sri Lanka s former regime refused to acknowledge the civilian toll of its wartime campaign, drawing censure from the international community.