'Culture of impunity for human rights violations' - Amnesty
Tamil Guardian 30 October 2012
In a statement released the day before Sri Lanka's UPR at the Human Rights Council, Amnesty International reiterated the "lack of progress on a number of human rights issues highlighted in the first review four years ago", and a "culture of impunity for human rights violations".
'While the government of Sri Lanka has defeated the LTTE, it has failed to implement commitments to enhance human rights protections and to account for past violations.
It has yet to repeal oppressive anti-terrorism legislation which is used to justify abusive practices including arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of expression. A lack of witness protection laws and continued lack of independence of the National Human Rights Commission had added to a culture of impunity for human rights violations.
Amnesty International continues to receive reports of enforced disappearances, torture and other ill treatment in detention, which the authorities refuse to investigate. Security forces’ use of arbitrary arrests and detentions have targeted members of armed groups, political opponents and journalists.'