|HR watchdog alleges police
By Dinidu de Alwis
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in a report
just released alleges that Sri Lankan police are
responsible for fabricating charges against many
individuals. The human rights watchdog also alleges
that police are also using torture as a method of
The report, in which AHRC details 323 accounts of
police brutality with names and other information of
officers and suspects concerned, was released online
“The most notable finding of this report is that
almost all of the victims whose cases were
summarized were randomly selected by the police to
be arrested and detained for a fabricated charge,”
the report said.
Meanwhile Police spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody
denied the findings of the report and said there
can’t be such a number of cases of police brutality.
“People in Sri Lanka have mechanisms to fight such
brutality including the Supreme Court, Human Rights
Commission, and by complaining to high ranking
officers of the police force itself,” he said.
The report comes on the aftermath of allegations of
police brutality following the death of one
demonstrator due to gunshot injuries during a clash
between protesters and police in the Katunayake FTZ
– an incident which the report also documents.