ALHR Signs Joint Letter to PM on Sri Lankan Torture

November 27, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been asked to revoke his statement, made during his recent visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth summit, that suggested that the use of torture can be justified in “difficult circumstances”.

In a joint letter, the Human Rights Law Centre, Human Rights Watch, the Castan Centre for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have urged the Prime Minister to make a strong public statement that the Australian government always deplores the use of torture and that torture can never be justified.