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Tamil Suspects Raped, Abused by Govt Forces: HRW

27 February 2013

An international human rights group alleges Sri Lankan security forces continue to use torture, rape and other forms of sexual violence against suspected members of the Tamil Tiger rebels and their supporters, nearly four years after the end of the country’s civil war. The military denied the allegations. In a report released on Tuesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch said that although the decades-long war ended in May 2009, politically motivated sexual violence against suspects in custody continues to this day. It called for an international investigation into the practice. “Sri Lankan security forces have committed untold numbers of rapes of Tamil men and women in custody,” said Brad Adams, HRW Asia director.—AP