11 July, 2020

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36 Tamil Victims Of European Countries Underwent Torture, Detention Under Yahapalanya

Testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers under the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, it has been revealed.

File photo| Sri Lankan Tamil Torture Victim - Photo by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

File photo| Sri Lankan Tamil Torture Victim – Photo by Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

In 10 of these cases the victims have already been granted asylum, meaning their cases have already been found credible by foreign governments.

This confirms that secret torture sites still operating in Sri Lanka, the International Truth and Justice Project said.

They also called upon the UN Committee Against Torture to visit Sri Lanka to conduct an independent investigation into the continued “white van” abductions, torture and sexual violence committed by the Sri Lankan security forces. The committee meets in Geneva this week to examine torture in Sri Lanka.

“Intelligence and security operatives continue to target Tamils for illegal detention in secret sites and inflict on them horrific torture and sexual violence with impunity, despite the change of government in January 2015,” said the executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project, Yasmin Sooka. “Torture and abduction are so systematic and entrenched in the DNA of the security forces that even a realignment of political parties in parliament and the new government under President Sirisena are not able to stop these crimes. It requires political will and a commitment on the part of the Government of Sri Lanka to carry out a comprehensive security sector reform programme which is sadly missing in Sri Lanka.”

The ITJP has collected testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries, who have suffered abduction, illegal detention, torture and/or sexual violence at the hands of intelligence and security officers under the Sirisena government. Overall ITJP has more than two hundred statements from Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes and post-war torture and sexual violence who have fled the country. The orgnisation has also begun to identify some alleged perpetrators. “I want the outside world to know that torture is still happening in Sri Lanka and the torture that I suffered,” said a young Tamil woman abducted in a “white van” and gang raped this year in illegal detention in the north of Sri Lanka. “I was tortured and I want people to know what happened to me and to ensure that nothing like this will happen to anyone else again,” said a young male victim, “I have nightmares most of the time where I fear that they will come with guns to kill me. The day I attempted suicide I had been having these nightmares”.

In some cases the traumatised victims have been detained and brutally tortured two or three times since the end of the civil war in 2009. Typical torture methods in Sri Lanka include beating with pipes, burning with cigarette butts, branding with hot metal rods, whipping with wires and cables, submerging the head in water, hanging upside down, falaka, asphyxiation in a plastic bag soaked in petrol or chilli, as well as oral, anal and vaginal gang rape of both men and women. Victims describe being illegally abducted, interrogated, tortured and released for ransom in identical ways by multiple groups of perpetrators in multiple secret locations over several years, indicating the process has been systematised. In six incidents during 2015 and 2016 victims describe what appear to be senior officers present during their interrogation, further indicating this is not just low-level soldiers or policemen involved in opportunistic crime. At least 9 of the 35 victims believe they were detained and tortured in a Sri Lankan army camp after being abducted in the north of the island. “The international community, including the UN is under an obligation to ensure that the Government of Sri Lanka honours its commitments made in the Human Rights Council in regard to the transitional justice programme in Sri Lanka. “Overlooking the ongoing violations is not doing either the Government of Sri Lanka a favour or the victims, whose suffering should not be swept under the carpet just because of political expediency .” said Yasmin Sooka. (By Myrna L)

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  • 8
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    One of the ingredients of Yahalpanaya is the Horrific torture and sexual violence on Tamils.The TNA is also a fellow traveller,dreaming day in and day out with the proposed Constitution everything will be Hunky Dory!

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      the island of the uncivilized known as the buddha land to the rest of the world.
      Get rid of all the ethnic organisations as they are the core of it all to satisfy their appetite.
      Why did Truman give the island independence is a question to be asked from the new sec of state Nikki Haley.
      West is not interested in accommodating more boat people.
      Hand over the country back to India or continue to suffer because both are faulty towers in the eyes of the onlooker.
      Scotland won’t get another vote perhaps for 100 years and Ireland would never like its understudy the J.T villagers.

  • 8
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    Torture is nothing new to Srilanka. There is a change in the side from one to other but there is no change in the attitude or mentality. Same power structure, Same politicised institutions, Same corrupted politicians.

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    The Government Must open up to look into these cases. with int participation, as http://www.itjpsl.com/ we site does not fully disclose dates, names or places unlike other sites. A more broad general report.

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      J
      How can these sites reveal anything. All are fake. They will keep bublishing these reports. One of these days the world will disregard these report. Any way nobody cares for these reports other than CT which is a pro tamil establishment.

      • 3
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        “”Any way nobody cares for these reports other than CT which is a pro tamil establishment. “”

        Dalai Lama is a respected atheist.
        While lankwe people are still in the state of Buddha Yakko the animal.

        Reuters: China aims to lay off 5-6 million state workers from “zombie” state firms this X’mas and hopefully 5 times this amount by December 2017.

  • 4
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    Old habits die hard.

    • 0
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      Exactly!…now they are collecting evidence to arm twist the ‘Jahaplanaya’in case they need it.

      • 2
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        nak
        7 years have passed, still collecting evidence??? What actions have they taken so far? Stupid diaspora has fallen into this trap and keep funding those NGO like fake white groups who make a living out of stupid minorities!

  • 3
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    Sad case but it’s good to know that action has a reaction.

    They undergo physical torture for causing mental torture for peace loving Sri Lankans

    • 8
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      sr

      “They undergo physical torture for causing mental torture for peace loving Sri Lankans”

      It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt

      ― Mark Twain

      sr

      Thanks for removing all doubt. Hope you type frequently in this forum.

  • 5
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    Ohh Please, Has any one bother to even tread the reports, Before the reports pointed out solely to rajapaksa and his brother. Today these people are out of power now who are they blaming??? If they want to stop and actually conduct investigation then publish the Peoples names and places. ACTUAL FACTS, much of these have been repeats. HRW when asked has no info of these matters. This report is another rant and rave as ‘Native Vedda’ comments. If they care so much Name and shame.

    • 6
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      Yes please publish the name and addresses of the victims, so the monks can finish off the business.

      • 8
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        ‘Testimony from 36 Tamil victims in three European countries’

        read before you preach. Another Asylum ploy and stunt i suspect. Before MR card now this.

        • 6
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          haha you must have been supervising this extensive work of Dr. Cohen and Dr. Lawrence, the world renowned forensic expert who analysed the injuries. Greak job pigmal

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            aj
            Don’t be stupid like vedda.
            How can these world renowned forensic expert look at injuries and say they are due to torture but nothing else??? These Tamil asylum seekers will go to any distance to inflict injuries for them to get asylum. These Tamils are all seeking asylum for financial reasons!

            • 4
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              Hi again nonsense

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                AJ

                She is unable to keep track of her standard Paddikkama. Hence we need to buy her a bathtub so that she won’t loose it.

  • 3
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    Torture is engraved in the psyche of our law-enforcement and armed forces. Recently there has been more awareness among urban populous about their rights when detained but torture is a very real thing that exists today. At the end of the day “Yahapalanaya” is just a fancy label. Concrete action is what counts.

  • 3
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    We should be ashamed that we are behaving like a rogue nation and even like a dictatorship. The US has been strongly criticized for it’s inhumane treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and the torture of many prisoners. Why are we a small Buddhist nation that is supposed to be compassionate and tolerant, stooping to these practices? It is primitive to torture prisoners, and many of them turn out to be innocent. There are far more civilized ways to handle suspects, and especially when it comes to minority subjects, it does not bode well for the image of our nation to treat them unfairly. We are only giving the rest of the world reasons to suspect our intentions, and treat us like a rogue nation. This is no way to convince the rest of the world that we have ended terrorism and working for reconciliation. This must stop.

  • 4
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    Any society that resorts to torture to address political, social and security problems is a primitive society. We Lankans should really develop a more liberal and tolerant attitude that is in keeping with modern and enlightened ideas as followed by the more civilized countries of the world.

    Even the Veddahs of Sri Lanka, a primitive society, do not practice torture, but members of our police and security forces engage in this despicable act routinely, and the Government tolerates it. This reflects very badly on the government!

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      labourer
      If you have real evidence of these torture happening then and now please let the reader know. No one should believe what asylum seekers claim for their advantage.

      • 3
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        Yes please let the nonsense know. So the nonsense, expert can independently verify with his monk colleague

  • 4
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    Water boarding is legal.

    Send all of them to some developed country for water boarding in order to find whether they are telling the truth.

    • 5
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      Now you know water boarding is legal, you should move to your home land, Indian Ocean

  • 1
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    Maybe there’s something to the origin myths of these so-called people of the lion. Gananath Obeyesekere has observed that this origin myth is rooted in bestiality (due to the princess cohabiting with a lion), parricide (due to Sinhabahu killing his father), and incest (due to the siblings marrying).

    Such a messed up origin of the Sinhalese may explain their depraved psyche and the bestial atrocities they inflicted on the Tamils on a genocidal proportion since independence.

    Rape, mass murder, torture and war crimes are so normalized in Sinhala Lanka that Sinhalese can go on as if nothing had happened. Necrophiliac sexual predators are celebrated as war heroes and drunken child rapists are venerated as holy men.

  • 2
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    I think it’s another asylum gimmick.

  • 6
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    If you read these “reports” you can’t find legitimacy to any of them. They are all supposed to be “testimony” of “anonymous Tamils” who had seek asylum in the west. Few things come to my mind;
    If they are or were subjected to so much torture etc. how did they escape? The torturers are not that stupid to let them leave and tell their stories to foreign countries. Also, why do these severely tortured Tamils only escape to western countries? Why don’t they escape to India to tell their stories, specially a hop step and a jump from the Tamil Nadu where Jayalalitha will take immediate action against SL?
    And last but not least, why don’t any of the Sri Lankan Tamil politicians bring these torture scenarios to the notice of the gov. and publicize so that all citizens will know the unlawful conduct of our gov.?

    There is no doubt in my mind that all these accusations are fake and instigated by Tiger operatives and supporting diaspora who fund or develop various fake NGO type organizations to release these kind of fake reports.

    • 7
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      Nuisance

      A standard paddikkama is too small for you spit/vomit.

      It appears you need bath tub.

      Let see what we can do to help you.

      • 5
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        Stupid vedda again, no counter post but trash as usual.

  • 3
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    Fucking bullshit . Nothing is happening now.

  • 3
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    The picture in the article suggest a Tiger attack. Parayabakaran attacked him because he refused to carry out a suicide murder.

  • 4
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    Eusense.

    Read the article again!

    You pose a petty fogging question…
    IF they are or were subjected to so much torture etc,how did they escape…

    You Donkey,the people who tortured them accepted a Santhosam!
    SriLANKA is a land like no other!?

    • 4
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      Plato.

      Nuisance needs a large spittoon to spit or vomit not an answer from you or me.

    • 1
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      plato
      You picked only one question to answer? How about the rest? Think hard before you write.

  • 1
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    Lying to idiots in EU and UK to get their Permanent stay, wile lots of Europeans having a great holiday

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