Sri Lanka accused of Torturing Tamil Prisioners – Guardian

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The torture of Tamil political prisoners is increasingly rife in Sri Lankawith some detainees dying in custody after suffering prolonged abuse, a new investigation claims.

The findings will intensify pressure on Britain to withdraw from a controversial summit to be held in Sri Lanka later this year.

Tens of thousands of ethnic Tamils have been held without trial since 2009, when Sri Lanka’s military finally crushed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in a decades-long conflict for control of the island’s northern Jaffna peninsula.

Since then, according to a new report (pdf) by the London-based Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, the government has regularly flouted laws and violated promises of post-conflict reconciliation through systematic abuse of these prisoners, many of whom had no links to theTamil Tigers




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