Despite promises, SL gov’t not yet repealed PTA: HRW

Published: 10:46 GMT, Jan 29, 2016 |

The present Sri Lanka government, which initiated a “new, more open dialogue” with the international community during 2015, however took “no significant measures” to end “impunity for security force abuse”, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s annual report.

The report, which covered events concerning human rights issues in over 90 countries from 2014 end to November 2015, pointed out that the government also had not yet repealed the “draconian” Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), despite promises to do so.

While accusing police in the country of having continued to routinely “torture and ill-treat” individuals taken into custody for different purposes, the report pulled up the government for its “failure” to ensure disciplinary or criminal prosecution against police officers concerned. The HRW contended that “only in a handful of particularly egregious cases in the media spotlight was serious action taken against the offending officers. Even in those cases, superior officers were not held to account as a matter of command responsibility.”