Sri Lanka State Terrorism
Rape & Murder of Eelam Tamil Women
Sri Lanka: Security forces getting away with
AI Index: ASA 37/006/2001 4 April 2001
International today wrote to the President of Sri Lanka urging her
to take action to stop rape by security forces and bring
perpetrators to justice.
Following several recent reports of rape by security forces in
Mannar, Batticaloa, Negombo and Jaffna, the organization reminded
President Chandrika Kumaratunga that safeguards to protect women in
custody (as contained in presidential directives for the welfare of
detainees issued in July 1997) were being ignored.
Security force personnel should be punished if they fail to adhere
to these safeguards. Female guards should be present during the
interrogation of female detainees and should be solely responsible
for carrying out body searches.
Among the cases reported are those of two women who were gang raped
after being arrested by members of the navy and police in Mannar on
The pace of investigations into several other cases of alleged rape,
including the case of Ida Karmelita who was raped and murdered in
Mannar in July 1999, are proceeding very slowly. Other cases have
collapsed because the victims or the witnesses were threatened or
All necessary measures should be taken to protect the victims and
witnesses and any security officer found to be responsible for rape,
sexual abuse or other torture, or for encouraging or condoning them,
should be brought to justice.