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The Asian Human Rights Commission has released a report documenting 323 serious cases of torture and ill treatment by the Sri Lankan police between 1988 and 2011.
The cases come from over, 1,500 instances of police abuses compiled by the Hong Kong-based rights group during the same period.
The release of the report coincided with the International Day for Victims of Torture on June 26.
According to the commission almost all of the victims were randomly targeted by the police to be detained on fabricated charges. Torture was used to obtain confessions to these charges, the rights group said.
The commission’s Sri Lankan director, Basil Fernando, says the police seem to be operating with impunity, which could have far-reaching consequences.
“All these cases point to one thing and that is the rule of law has been brushed under the carpet right now. It should be restored back to its correct and magnificent place,” he said.