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Lanka dismisses US human rights report

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Colombo: Sri Lanka today dismissed a US report that questioned the human rights record of its police and security forces, saying that the situation in the island nation is “better than most of the countries with five star democracies”.

Colombo’s reaction came after the State Department report alleged that “a number of suspects detained by police or other security forces died under questionable circumstances, there were several instances in which police were held accountable for unlawful killings”. The report also cited that the Asian Human Rights Council (AHRC) had compiled 1500 cases of police torture between 1998 and 2001. As of October 2011, the AHRC had received 102 reports of police torture.

Responding to the accusations, Lankan police spokesperson, Ajith Rohana told reporters that the police categorically rejects all charges. (PTI)

 

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