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Lanka facing total collapse of rule of law

Sri Lanka is now facing a total collapse of the rule of law with the increase in abductions, killings and cases of torture in police stations, Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) in its submission to the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review concerning human rights in Sri Lanka last week said.

It also said that abductions and disappearances, which have re-emerged in the country, are occurring on a large scale in the north, east and the south in the country.

"However, only cursory, if any investigations and inquiries have been conducted into these crimes, with the perpetrators typically allowed to escape unpunished," the ALRC said.

In its submission the Hong Kong based ALRC accused the government of opposing suggestions for a UN field presence in the country.

"The ALRC and its sister-organisation, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), have consistently maintained that if a state has the capacity and will to carry out investigations into gross violations of human rights occurring within its jurisdiction, there is no requirement for international intervention.

"The government and its mouthpieces insist that Sri Lanka has the required capacity to deal with the prevailing situation and that the UN is required only to provide technical assistance," it was said.

It added that by consistently failing to conduct credible investigations and deliberately obstructing them, the state has shown that it lacks not so much the capacity but the requisite will to safeguard the rights of its citizens.

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