Sri Lanka says it will investigate alleged torture of Tamils

NEW DELHI — Sri Lanka said it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation’s civil war.

An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20 of the men, along with photos of injuries they said were sustained when they were raped, branded, or beaten repeatedly in custody.

The men, now seeking political asylum in Europe, said their captors accused them of working to revive the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which battled Sri Lankan government forces for decades until their defeat in 2009.


The Sri Lankan government has said repeatedly, however, that the rebel group is no longer a threat.

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In a letter, the Sinhalese-dominated government said it ‘‘strongly condemns any act of torture’’ and would ensure that any such allegations are ‘‘investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.’’

It urged those with evidence of abuse to come forward and report it.

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