Dec 10, 2016

IGP demonstrates interrogations methods sans torture Featured

DIG Ajith Rohana said in future no methods of torture or harassment will be used by police in interrogating suspects.

He assured that any suspect surrendering to police custody can rest assured that police questioning will be carried out without any violence.

The IGP Pujith Jayasundara had summoned all Officers in Charge of police stations island wide and briefed them on methods of interrogation sans violence.

Among those who participated in this workshop conducted by the IGP were 472 OIC and Chief Inspectors, 42 Sp and SSP and 110 ASP.

The IGP instructed his staff on how suspects should be interrogated without subjecting them to violence based on the number of complaints received on police brutality and international allegations of torture at the hands of the police.

United Nations focus:

A detailed report on several countries conducted by the United Nations Committee on the eradication of torture was published in Geneva while Sri Lanka was mentioned in this report in detail.
This 15 page report on Sri Lanka was based on information provided by UN specialists, Sri Lankan government representatives, Human Rights Organisations and journalists during a one moth period from November 7 to December 7.

The committee evaluated the harassment, torture and inhumane treatment allegedly being committed in the member states of the United Nations Convention for the elimination of torture.

Situation in Sri Lanka:

According to the United Nations Committee report, harassment and torture of those taken into custody by the police was not only reported during the previous regime but is taking place even today under the good governance regime.
The United Nations Committee has also expressed dissatisfaction over the compensation being paid to victims of such torture and harassment.

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