Exposed and alone: torture survivors in Sri Lanka bear the burden of their own protection

by Ermiza Tegal and Thiagi Piyadasa

10 May 2022
Journal of the British Academy
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26 (pp.117-143)

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Abstract: Within a history and context of torture practised by state agents in Sri Lanka, this article discusses in relation to victims of torture who engaged with complaint mechanisms, the threats faced, the responses received from complaint mechanisms, and what victims and their families actually did to secure protection. The article is an analysis of the threats of fabricated criminal charges, personal and social humiliation, and physical threat and intimidation in retaliation to lodging of complaints against perpetrators and the strategies of aggression and mobilising social connections that are utilised.

Keywords: Torture, Sri Lanka, protection, police brutality.

Article posted to Journal of the British Academy, volume 10, supplementary issue 3 (Human Rights Protection and Torture).

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