Sri lanka: Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings

Relatives-of-missing-personsSRI LANKA: Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings[ Srilankabrief ][ Aug 30 ]

Although, technically speaking, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are two distinct categories of gross violations of human rights, these two categories often overlap in Sri Lanka. Often, what get classified as enforced disappearances are kidnappings followed by interrogation, which often involve the use of torture and ill-treatment, followed by executions done in secret and, finally, the secret disposal of bodies. Despite several commissions looking into involuntary disappearances having made extensive observations and recommendations on the nature of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka and ways to avoid the same, successive governments have failed to implement these recommendations. The following are observations and recommendations from ALRC to the Council on the issue of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka.[ full story |


International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: Remove all obstacles to aid search for the disappeared, UN experts urge governments[ OHCHR ][ Aug 30 11:37 GMT ]

Two United Nations expert groups on enforced disappearances call on States “to remove all obstacles” to aid investigations into the fate of disappeared persons. On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances urge Governments to support relatives of the disappeared by removing all obstacles hindering their search for loved ones, including through the opening of all archives, especially military files. [ full story |