TNA calls for immediate action to deal with torture allegations

Sampanthan-60000-1The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to take immediate action against investigators who were accused of torturing and sexually abusing suspects.

Leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, told Xinhua that recent findings by UN Human Rights Officials who had visited the country were “disturbing” and it was the responsibility of the government to probe their statements and stop such old practices.

Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, who undertook a nine-day fact finding mission to Sri Lanka earlier this month told reporters last week that he had heard testimony that between 16,000 and 22,000 people had gone missing during the conflict and its immediate aftermath and that Sri Lanka’s criminal and terrorism investigators were still resorting to torturing suspects.

Sampanthan said if such old practices continued by the investigators, the government would have to answer to the UN Human Rights Council when they meet shortly.

“Although the whole system cannot be blamed, there are certain individuals who are responsible for torture. It is necessary for the government to ensure that these practices stop immediately. They should commence an immediate probe,” he said.

The Government has pledged to conduct an investigation into the findings of the UN to ensure that there is no room for recurrence. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. “”The Government has pledged to conduct an investigation into the findings of the UN to ensure that there is no room for recurrence.””

    “can the general public have transparency of the committee and its workings – the total investigation??
    A preamble to freedom of information act due shortly.

    Bodhisira, Sobita once said `why fear if you have nothing to hide` you can be state witness for all that went wrong and obtain a reprieve in full.

    BodiSira,You don’t need to think to speak the truth.

  2. First and foremost can we deal with the torture allegations in Guantánamo Bay. Let’s deal with the preachers of democracy and human rights first.

    • Stay afloat Ando pando,
      That is not our big little business.
      The Mr Big and his cohorts is Lanakve business.

      Stick to Business don’t go off the rails into the atlantic – it’s the deepest over there.
      Canada has the most sea surrounds.- marine power.

  3. The war against the Tamils has not ended in Sri Lanka. Mr.Sambanthan and the TNA who are supporting the war has no place in the Tamil Community. Mr. Sambanthan, will you all resign from the parliamentary seats.

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