Under the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, the UN Human Rights Council Working Group on the UPR will be undertaking a review of Sri Lanka during its 14th session.
In a submission to the Working Group, the ICJ has focused on the discrete issues of:
- the failure of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and previous national commissions of inquiry to hold accountable those responsible for serious human rights violations;
- the systemic barriers affecting the efficacy of the habeas corpus writ as legal remedy for arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance;
- the ongoing detention of Sri Lankans in “rehabilitation camps” and the lack of any independent monitoring mechanism;
- Sri Lanka’s failure to implement witness protection measures;
- Sri Lanka’s failure to properly incorporate the Convention Against Torture into domestic law; and
- Sri Lanka’s party status to international human rights instruments and its cooperation with the UN treaty bodies and the Council’s Special Procedures.
Sri Lanka-ICJ submission UPR-non-judicial submission-2012 (full text in English, PDF)
Sri Lanka-Comparison second cycle-advocacy-2012 (full text in English, PDF)AdvocacyNon-legal submissions