Sri Lanka: Forgotten prisoners: Sri Lanka uses anti-terrorism laws to detain thousands

Index Number: ASA 37/001/2011

Thousands of people are languishing in detention without charge or trial under Sri Lanka’s repressive anti-terrorism laws. Sometimes held in secret prisons, they are vulnerable to a whole range of abuses, including torture or being killed in custody. Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency almost continually since 1971. Successive governments have used national security as an excuse to introduce a range of broad and often confusing emergency regulations.

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