Chairperson of HRCSL speak out about Torture in Sri Lanka
The State authorities have been astonished by the Shadow Report submitted by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) on Torture in Sri Lanka on 2016, If there was any denial regarding this torture issues, that situation would have been lost after the report, and there is a situation where the public has a great impact on torture, said Dr. DeepikaUdagama, the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.
Further she said, we do not receive complaints regarding torture. After we got elected, we went and asked how many cases have been filed under Torture Act 1994 No.22 from the Attorney General, how many cases have been successfully completed? Until now, we have not received any information to our request. But we have the data they received after UN expert team came to Sri Lanka.
If we want to prevent torture in Sri Lanka then we have to have commitment from all the responsible institutions.
The defendants should be punished. Victims should be given relief. It’s true. But we have to focus more on prevention of torture. This idea should be taken to the authorities and the people. The "Aithiya" demands that the entire society need to focus on eradicating torture. It is the hope of "Aithiya" for education programs, media programs and awareness campaigns.
Full interview with Dr Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is