Sri Lanka: Update to Response to Information Request LKA18611.E of 4 October 1994 on whether legal recourse is available to Sinhalese victims of rape by the security forces
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 February 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||LKA23270.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Sri Lanka: Update to Response to Information Request LKA18611.E of 4 October 1994 on whether legal recourse is available to Sinhalese victims of rape by the security forces, 1 February 1996, LKA23270.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac1e78.html [accessed 31 March 2015]|
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Sources consulted by the DIRB do not provide information in addition to that contained in the above-mentioned Response. However, the following information might be useful. Referring to sexual offenses and rapes in Sri Lanka, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994, which is available at Regional Documentation Centres, states that
women's groups also report that the sympathies of police and judicial officials often lie with the accused male rather the aggrieved female. However, the Government has persecuted numerous persons accused of sexual abuse and rape (1995, 1265).
As well, the attached two articles, which provide information on the passage of law on rape, might be noteworthy.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994. 1995. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.
Reuters. 20 September 1995. BC Cycle. Jawed Naqvi. "Sri Lanka Enacts New Law to Stop Sex with Children." (NEXIS)
_____. 4 January 1995. BC Cycle. "Sri Lanka Introduces Tough New Rape Laws." (NEXIS)
Amnesty International country file.
Amnesty International Report 1995. 1995.
Asiaweek [Hong Kong]. 1995.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994. 1995.
Human Rights Watch World Report 1996. December 1995.
Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. 1995.
The Sri Lanka Monitor [London]. October 1994 to December 1995.
On-line search of news articles.