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    Sri Lanka’s Police Routinely Torture Criminal Suspects - Watchdog

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    According to Human Rights Watch, police abuse against criminal suspects including severe beatings and electric shock is a common practice in Sri Lanka.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Sri Lanka’s police forces constantly uses various torture methods against criminal suspects in custody, a prominent human rights watchdog said in a new report released Friday.

    "Police abuses against criminal suspects in Sri Lanka, including arbitrary arrests, due process violations, and torture, are common and widespread," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in the report.

    HRW experts said that there were a variety of methods used by the Sri Lankan police against criminal suspects, including severe beatings, electric shock, suspension from ropes in painful positions, and rubbing chili paste in the genitals and eyes.

    HRW documented five cases of apparently unlawful deaths of criminal suspects in police custody, the report said.

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