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Sri Lanka’s men face rape a decade after civil war: Study

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rapeCOLOMBO: Men in Sri Lanka are being raped in custody nearly a decade after the civil war, when sexual assault was routinely used to torture detained Tamils, a report said on Wednesday.

The rape of men and boys remains widespread but unreported, with victims unwilling to come forward due to social stigma and laws criminalising same-sex relations, the All Survivors Project said in its report.

Rape was rife during Sri Lanka’s 37-year civil war, but unlike cases involving women there has been little official record or acknowledgement of men being abused by their captors.

At least 100,000 people were killed during the separatist war between government forces and rebels from the Tamil Tigers group, with atrocities recorded by both sides.

The vast majority of documented cases of male rape both during and after the war were against Tamils, the largest ethnic minority, the report from the US-based research centre said.

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