Sri Lanka are being tortured while in police and military custody, a lawyer who wrote a report on alleged abuses said on Friday, days ahead of a United Nations human rights summit.
The International Truth and Justice Project , a rights group jotted down the fracas in Sri Lanka, detailing in its report of 15 members of the minority Tamil community, who said they were beaten, burnt, suffocated and sexually assaulted by authorities over the past two years.
Together, their testimony is the most detailed account of alleged new abuses in the island nation since former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa became president in 2019.
“We are dealing with a country where torture is savage, and there is no inclination on the part of the government to do anything about it,” Yasmin Sooka, a rights lawyer who co-authored the report, told Reuters.
“What you have is a kind of tacit approval, really, of those at the highest levels who condone what is happening.”