COLOMBO, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka has made great progress in preventing and combating torture over the past two years, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said.
Samaraweera said the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the Police Commission, the Ministry of Law and Order, and other agencies are working together to prevent and combat torture, according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The foreign minister stressed that although the national human rights commission has recently indicated that there is a downward spiral of incidents, "even one incident of torture is one too many."
He also noted that as in many other areas, this too is an area in which the country requires technical assistance, calling on countries with experience in this regard to come to assistance.
He said Sri Lanka was committed to strengthening reconciliation and being a shining example that is prosperous, united in its diversity, upholding human rights, justice and the rule of law.