'Sexual violence against Tamils continues in Lanka'; LS rocked
Chennai: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has claimed that politically-motivated sexual violence and other forms of torture against Tamils continue unabated till date in Sri Lanka.
According to media reports, the HRW report is based on accounts of Tamils who were detained illegally and tortured on suspicion that they were linked to the LTTE.
In the 141-page report titled 'We Will Teach You a Lesson: Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces', provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centers throughout Sri Lanka. In the cases documented by Human Rights Watch, men and women reported being raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
“The Sri Lankan security forces have committed untold numbers of rapes of Tamil men and women in custody,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “These are not just wartime atrocities but continue to the present, putting every Tamil man and woman arrested for suspected LTTE involvement at serious risk.”
The report states, most of the rape victims spoke to Human Rights Watch outside of Sri Lanka, and corroborated their accounts with medical and legal reports. All suffered torture and ill-treatment beyond the sexual violence. Because Human Rights Watch was not able to openly conduct research in Sri Lanka or interview people still in custody, these cases likely represent only a tiny fraction of custodial rape in political cases.