UN writes over failure to meet deadline on torture report
Abdelwahab Hani Rapporteur for Follow-up to Concluding Observations Committee against Torture The United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) has in a letter dated 20 August 2018, sent to Sri Lanka’s ambassador in Geneva. referred to the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka (CAT/C/LKAl5) submitted at its 59th session, held from 7 November to 7 December 2016.
The Rapporteur says in his letter that the information sought by the Committee has not been provided yet by the GoSL, although more than one year has elapsed from the transmittal of the Committee’s concluding observations. He has sought for clarification as to the current status of the Government’s responses on the matters, and as to when the information requested will be forthcoming. These refer to; the establishment of a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of torture, enforced disappearances and other serious human rights violations, and the establishment of an independent, effective, confidential and accessible complaints mechanism for victims of torture and the revision of the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act Sri Lanka,