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Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations

In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit...
In this July 27, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan teen known as Witness #267 shows scars and marks on his chest during an interview in London. The 19-year ol...
In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #244 shows his scars during an interview in London. Most nights he wakes to nightmares...
In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #205 shows scars on his arms during an interview in London. The 22-year old, like the ...
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army speaks during an interview in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 31, 2017. Senanayak...
In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #249 shows brand marks on his back during an interview in London. He said his captors ...
In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #202 shows branding marks on his back during an interview in London. Memories of his 2...
In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #197 is photographed during an interview in London. During his detention, he said his ...
In this July 27, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #221 speaks during an interview in London. For nearly three months, he was held in wha...
In this July 27, 2017, photo, a nineteen-year-old Sri Lankan man known as Witness #267 shows his wounds during an interview in London. His thighs were...
In this July 27, 2017, photo, Sri Lankans, many of whom said they were tortured in their home country, gather at a church in London. Sri Lankan tortur...

In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #199 shows the scars on his back during an interview in London. He has tried to commit...

In this July 27, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan teen known as Witness #267 shows scars and marks on his chest during an interview in London. The 19-year ol...

In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #244 shows his scars during an interview in London. Most nights he wakes to nightmares...

In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #205 shows scars on his arms during an interview in London. The 22-year old, like the ...

Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army speaks during an interview in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Oct. 31, 2017. Senanayak...

In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #249 shows brand marks on his back during an interview in London. He said his captors ...

In this July 18, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #202 shows branding marks on his back during an interview in London. Memories of his 2...

In this July 20, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #197 is photographed during an interview in London. During his detention, he said his ...

In this July 27, 2017, photo, a Sri Lankan man known as Witness #221 speaks during an interview in London. For nearly three months, he was held in wha...

In this July 27, 2017, photo, a nineteen-year-old Sri Lankan man known as Witness #267 shows his wounds during an interview in London. His thighs were...

In this July 27, 2017, photo, Sri Lankans, many of whom said they were tortured in their home country, gather at a church in London. Sri Lankan tortur...

GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government is facing increasing pressure to answer for alleged human rights violations following a recent war crimes lawsuit and allegations from over 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as recently as this year.

Their comments come nearly a decade after Sri Lanka's civil war ended and days ahead of a review of the Indian Ocean nation by the U.N.'s top human rights body.

Doctors, psychologists, lawmakers and rights groups have appealed to the United Nations to investigate new allegations published by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The AP reviewed 32 medical and psychological evaluations and interviewed 20 men who said they were accused of trying to revive a rebel group on the losing side of Sri Lanka's 26-year civil war.


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:36 GMT+08:00