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President joins Commission's anti-torture campaign

Graphic: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena joined the Commission's march against torture

Chairperson Dr Deepika Udagama said that complaints regarding torture, especially in the police custody, had continued to increase.

Minister of Law and Order Sagala Rathnayaka, police officers, defence force personnel, religious leaders, government officials, civil society groups, family members of torture victims, school students and members of the public also took part in the march.

that the Commission received 413 complaints regarding torture in government institutions during 2015 and that 53 complaints had been received so far this year.

The nation-wide 'stop torture' campaign was also observed by the Commission's ten regional offices.

Graphic: Members of Sri Lanka's security forces joined the march

arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act.

to follow when arresting and detaining persons suspected of terrorism related offences.

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  1. Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena joined the Commission's march against torture - Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
  2. Members of Sri Lanka's security forces joined the march - Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka