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Sri Lanka: Torture Continues: Sexual Abuse Committed by Govt and Security Officials - US Country Report

14 March 2019 - "As in previous years, suspects arrested under the PTA since the civil war ended in 2009 gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Some released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by state officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a concern.

U.S. Congress Subcommittee Hearing: Communicate to the Sri Lankan Government that US Assistance Will Remain Conditioned Until Sri Lanka Meets Key Benchmarks of Reform - HRW

"Existing legislation—and possibly new appropriations committee legislation in the Foreign Operations spending bill—impose conditions on some forms of assistance unless and until Sri Lanka carries out key steps on accountability and human rights reforms. We urge all members to retain and support these types of provisions in new appropriations legislation and also press the State Department and Pentagon to ensure that they communicate to the Sri Lankan government that US assistance will remain conditioned until Sri Lanka meets key benchmarks of reform". Mr.

U.S. Congress Subcommittee Hearing: Sierra Leone War Crimes Prosecutor Professor David M. Crane Suggests Similar Court in Sri Lanka To Prosecute Those Who Bear The Greatest Responsibility

"Accountability is the only key to a true sustainable peace in Sri Lanka. This can only be accomplished by a neutral body given the practical, moral, political, and ethnic issues that surrounds the creation of a justice mechanism. A model to consider is a hybrid international war crimes tribunal similar to the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Its mandate should be simple and straight forward: Prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity from 1983 to 2009. The location of the court should be in Sri Lanka".  Professor David M.

U.S. Congress Subcommittee Hearing: Buddhist Monastic Become More Political: Support Sri Lanka's Judicial Branch To Police Their Actions - Professor Michael Jerryson

"Recent human rights abuses in Sri Lanka are a result of a larger and more historic systemic ethno- religious problem, said Michael Jerryson, Ph.D., (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Youngstown State University) testifying at the U.S. Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday (20/06/2018). "In order to reduce the potential for devolving into another period of civil strife, I recommend that U.S.

U.S. Congress Subcommittee Hearing: Ensure that U.S. tax dollars are not used for the training of individuals and military units involved in wartime atrocities - J.S. Tissainayagam

"Use Congressional oversight to see that the Leahy law stringently vets individuals and military units involved in wartime atrocities and ensure that U.S. tax dollars are not used for the training of those units, in the U.S., in Sri Lanka or in a third country", journalist and human rights advocate J.S. Tissainayagam urged at the U.S. Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday (20/06/2018).

UNHRC: Sri Lanka Still has an Historic Opportunity to Avoid Returning to Divisions of the Past - joint statement by USA, UK, Macedonia & Montenegro

"We are disappointed that the pace of progress has been slow. Much still remains to be done to implement Sri Lanka’s commitments. We remain concerned about reports of abuse of authority by some security officials. And multiple incidents of intercommunal violence, attacks, and hate speech against minorities are alarming and demonstrate the need for reconciliation efforts. As Sri Lanka acknowledged with its co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1, devolution of political authority through constitutional reform is integral to lasting reconciliation and non-recurrence of violations and abuses. Families of disappeared persons from all communities have waited too long for answers. We urge that the Office of Missing Persons be fully operational without delay, and for meaningful steps to establish the other transitional justice mechanisms outlined in resolution 30/1. Effective security sector reforms, repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act, and release of more military-occupied land to civilian ownership, will all help build trust and confidence. With determined leadership and a clear timeline for action, this Government can deliver the reform and justice agenda, and take the actions needed to support long-term reconciliation, with the support of all Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka still has an historic opportunity to avoid returning to divisions of the past. We firmly believe that implementing the reforms in resolutions 34/1 and 30/1 will help give all Sri Lankans assurance of the safe, peaceful, and prosperous future they deserve."

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