Colombo Telegraph

Torture And Sexual Abuse In Sri Lanka Four Years After War – Frances Harrison’s BBC Documentary

A special BBC documentary telecast last night interviews several survivors of alleged rape and torture of ex-LTTE cadres and Tamil civilians four years after the end of the war.

Frances Harrison

The investigative report by former BBC correspondent in Colombo Frances Harrison, the author of Still Counting the Dead, a book about civilian casualties in the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka’s north, tells the story of sexual abuse, torture and rape of at least 12 Tamil Sri Lankans in the last two years.

Some victims were tortured in rehabilitation programmes run by Government authorities and have documentation from the Sri Lankan government to prove they were enrolled in the programmes. Independent medical reports have found these persons were tortured, Harrison says.

One man who was forcibly recruited by the LTTE in the last six months of the war, said his testicles would be put into a drawer and then the drawer would be slammed shut. The victim claimed he had been forced to have oral sex with his torturers. The victim was at the Government”s official rehabilitation programme for ex-rebels.

A Tamil woman also recounts being abducted and taken five hours away in a van and raped repeatedly by persons in army uniform.

Many of the incidents have been reported from this year. Most victims have now sought asylum in the UK.

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