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Friday, June 26, 1998 Published at 15:32 GMT 16:32 UK

World: South Asia

Sri Lanka torture goes unpunished

The solicitor general of Sri Lanka, Upawansa Yapa, has told a conference in the capital, Colombo, that although torture by the security forces had been outlawed more than four years ago, there have been no prosecutions for the offence.

Mr Yapa said this was despite a number of torture victims receiving compensation from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court for their ordeals.

The BBC Colombo Correspondent says there's widespread evidence that torture by the police and army is still taking place; while successive governments have condemned it, she says they've been slow to take steps to ensure its prevention.

Other delegates at the conference called for an independent authority to carry out investigations.

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