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Sri Lanka: Disappearances and the Collapse of the Police System

Sri Lanka: Disappearances and the Collapse of the Police SystemThree commissions which investigated the involuntary removals or disappearance of persons have submitted their reports. They looked into more than 16,800 cases. A fourth commission is now investigating into over 10,000 cases.

The only actions that have come as a result so far are the issue of death certificates for over 18,000 persons, granting of the very limited compensation to some affected families and beginning of prosecution of less than 200 cases. Considerable cynicism has spread throughout the country not only about the outcome of these investigations but about the processes and the institutions that are expected to maintain law and order. A widespread belief is that the State is not considering any serious action, as the political establishment does not have the capacity to scrutinise the police system. On the other hand, quite paradoxically, there is also a belief that the police establishment cannot undertake any internal action against individuals or reform of the system due to political interference....

 

Published in March 1999 by the Asian Human Rights Commission, 57 pages, ISBN 962-8314-05-X

 

 

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