Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Annual Report 2005 - Sri Lanka

Assault and search of the headquarters of the Human Rights Commission76

On 12 October 2005, the headquarters of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Colombo were attacked and searched by unknown persons. The assaulters burned documents related to the investigations undertaken by the Commission and poured petrol throughout the premises.

Upon their arrival at the office, the members of the Commission immediately went to the police station and lodged a complaint. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) was charged of investigating into these events.

HRC, a national human rights institution, was established in 1997 to undertake independent investigations into complaints on alleged human rights violations committed by the executive and administrative services, in particular those perpetrated by the police. HRC had recently documented allegations of torture and extra-judicial executions, which were reportedly committed by members of the police.

By the end of 2005, the perpetrators of this act had still neither been arrested nor brought to justice.

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76. See Urgent Appeal LKA 001/1005/OBS 095.


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