New report notes systematic persecution in Lanka

Yasmin SookaA new international report has found that systematic persecution of the Tamil community still takes place through torture, rape, illegal detention and killings committed by the state authorities.

The report by the International Truth & Justice Project,  a project administered by the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, run by transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka who was also a member of the UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka after the war, shows how the use of torture and sexual violence is part of a well-coordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the Sri Lankan government and its security forces.

Through careful research brought to life by the vivid horror of victim testimonials, the report titled ‘Still Unfinished War: Sri Lanka’s Survivors of Torture and Sexual Violence 2009-2015’ goes as far as to identify torturers and rapists.

It also pinpoints 41 detention facilities, including secret camps, where victims say they were abused after the war. It lays bare the continuation of state-organised abductions, torture and sexual violence by the security forces long after the change of government in January 2015.

The victims’ stories are harrowing, many are deeply traumatised and continue to suffer mentally long after their detainment. Their families suffer too in the form of reprisals. More than a quarter of the 155 victims interviewed said that their close family members had been severely punished after they had escaped abroad.

The report warns the international community they will fail the victims of this conflict if they do not take action. It calls upon the UN Security Council to refer its report to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court for further action against those who bear the greatest responsibility.

Among the 180 cases documented in the report, the pattern is that the young are detained, tortured and raped, the
elderly forced into debt to save them, while none can safely exercise even their most basic rights or feel safe. The on-going harassment and intimidation of the families in Sri Lanka of torture survivors who have fled abroad has continued unabated throughout 2015.

The structures of cruelty used for this ethnic persecution, political repression, extortion and revenge have not been dismantled six years after the war ended.

“We reveal the GPS coordinates for the secret naval intelligence detention facility in Trincomalee Naval Dockyard, and also possess names and photographs of torturers and guards who worked there. In Vavuniya, Joseph Camp was the base for military intelligence “white van” abduction teams and a site where multiple victims were tortured and sexually abused; we have multiple names and photographs of torturers who worked there, as well as other sites island wide,” the report says.

However the 41 sites we have identified represent only a fraction of the total number of torture sites in Sri Lanka because many witnesses have no idea where they were tortured, having been blindfolded when transferred there and out. (Colombo Gazette)

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11 COMMENTS

  1. It is a pity the sadistic nature of the behaviour pattern in the Sri Lankan Armed forces permeates from the very top to the bottom – originated by the former sadistic Defence Secretary.

  2. The International Human Right organisations only take the stories of so called victims and broadcast to the world of persecution and torture by authorities. These organisations are mostly headed by people who are biased or bought by interested parties to keep the flames burning. If they are asked to go to those countries and check the validity of these bogus claims they will hide behind a facade of protecting victims. .Human right organisations should work toward bridging the differences in communities and not creating divisions to satisfy the demands of terror groups funding them.

  3. Yes, If they say otherwise how they get asylum status in those greener pastures, these human rights activists are behaving like preschool kids, ridiculous,.
    I have seen even Sinhalese people pretending as Tamils telling these types of made up stories to Home Office people in the UK just to take asylum status and later get citizenship, hilarious

  4. “New report notes systematic persecution in Lanka” – Wonder how much it cost the International Truth & Justice Project for Sooka to find this out?

    “use of torture and sexual violence is part of a well-coordinated policy, planned at the highest level of the Sri Lankan government and its security forces” OR BY THE TAMIL DIASPORA & THE CATHOLIC & CHRISTIAN CHURCHE’S CLERGY AND LED BY S.J.EMMANUEL.

    Yasmin Sooka, such findings, UN Panel report are good for gullible Western morons, for the NGOs to make money and for people like you seeking fame.

    All these finding are good for nothing and only goes to make the majority community more hardened.
    Diaspora, The church & the West with their ulterior motives may be able to bring Sri Lanka to its knees BUT will never break the resolve of the majority.

    This is another exercise of adding fuel to the fire with pro west hidden agendas.

  5. Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa is always headed by people biased towards the tamil community or funded by International Tamil Organisations which does not want the tamil people in Sri Lanka to live in harmony with the majority community. Instead of publishing bogus propaganda of persecution and torure based on invisible victims they should come to Sri Lanka and investigate such claims openly to find out the truth. They will hide behind a facade of their bogus sources been victimised rather than publish the truth.

  6. Yasmin sooka is notorious for hiding evidence, writing reports without bibliographys and hiding the names of so called victims so they cannot be verified . Therefore her reports should be read with a pinch of salt.

  7. HOW MANY BLACKS DIE IN SOUTH AFRICA DAILY!!! DUE TO OPPRESIVE WHITE DOMONENT POLICE FORCE!!

    HOW MANY BLACKS DIE IN USA DUE TO WHITE POLICE BRUTALITY!!!

    HOW MANY ASYLM SEEKERS DIE IN EUROPE DUE TO HIPOCRASY IN POLITICIANS THERE!!

    YASMIN, YOUR NAME WILL BE REMEMBERD ONLY BY WHO COMMITED ALL THESE CRIMES NOT BY VICTIMS!!!

    BECOURSE YOU REPRESENT WHITE COLOUR POLITICAL CRIMINALS

    NOT VICTIMS!!!

  8. Seriously? A report based on the “true stories” that were used to gain asylum status. And of course it’s happening even now. Otherwise how would others get their refugee status approved.

  9. The excesses of the Raja-Gota regime was against all communities after the war but particularly against the tamils. Some of the evidence gathered by Ms Sooka’s team were from victims still living in Sri lanka so the Sinhala hooters here are playing the same old tune that anybody who tells the truth about the atrocities committed by the Rajapaksa regime against them are biased. These morons will see the light when the UN report comes out in September.

    • This ‘International Truth & Justice Project’ is a Bogus Group..Run by Ex Failed journalist form BBC who was once Iran Correspondent and got the Sack for her Bias Reports, Some Channel 4 People and the Usual EX LTTE int Crooks. If This is True than they should NAME their sources, Yet Still fails to do so. This is nothing but a passport for CERTAIN Refugees in SL to get economic Migration to europe under false claims. SOme of their witness are fromer British Citizens who went to Fight with a Terrorist outfit called the LTTE which has been banned by the EU… Yet these peole are treated as witness and Certain Muslims who go and Join similar groups are jailed called Terrorist supporters and sympthisers. These people were CH4 Witness. Let not forget before the LTTE was defeated it was the Death Cult which today Islamic ISIS has take over. Not even the Tamil Led NPC have made such allegations and Sec state OF USA visited SL, where the state dep has eyes like hawks have said HR Have improved and no Abductions and torture has or is taking place.

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