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Sri Lanka - New report to expose ongoing illegal detention - 13 March 2012

    March 08, 2012

    On Tuesday 13 March, at a press briefing in Geneva, Amnesty International will launch a report exposing how hundreds of people languish in detention without trial in Sri Lanka despite the end of the country’s long conflict.
    Locked away: Sri Lanka’s security detainees reveals how the arbitrary and illegal detention that were a hallmark of Sri Lanka’s security regime during its long war has become routine. Detainees are vulnerable to torture, extrajudicial execution and are often held incommunicado.

    Sri Lankan authorities detain those deemed to be security threats, and, sometimes, their families and colleagues. Peaceful critics have also been arrested and detained. Authorities continue to justify these practices in the name of public security.

    Despite the end of the armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Sri Lanka human rights abuses of all types go un-investigated and unpunished

    The UN Human Rights Council is currently meeting in Geneva, and Sri Lanka is on the agenda.

    Amnesty International is calling on the UN to support an independent international investigation into allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka.

    Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director will introduce the report at the press briefing in Geneva on 13 March.

    •        When: 11.45am Geneva time
    •        Where: Library of Press Room 2, UN Palais des Nations, Geneva
          (please note: UN press accreditation required)


    John Tackaberry,
    Media Relations,
    Amnesty International Canada
    613-744-7667, ext 236