Practice Relating to Rule 87
In 2009, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee against Torture, Sri Lanka stated: “The Presidential Directive of 7 July 2006 … instructs the Heads of the Armed Forces and the IGP [Inspector General of Police and] … provides for the protection of fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained and their humane treatment.”
Sri Lanka also stated:
24. The President … issued directions to the Armed Forces and Police as the Minister of Defence, in connection with persons arrested and detained. The President has directed these institutions to respect the fundamental rights of the persons arrested and to treat such persons humanely and has given these directions … regarding the rules and regulations concerning Arrest, Detention and Interrogation on 7 July 2006.
26. In the Supreme Court Fundamental Rights Applications 73, 74, 75, 76 of 2002, the Supreme Court directed the Police to be vigilant when they detain suspects in … [p]olice custody and to provide them with … human[e] conditions and treatment in place[s] of detention. …
29. In addition, under “Directions Issued by the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence” on 7 July 2006, it is provided that “Every member of the Armed Forces and the Police Force shall … ensure that the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected.”
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