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 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.