Bijo Francis and Basil Fernando, Asian Human Rights Commisssion

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has experienced high level of torture and disappearances over the last decades, both in the course of the armed conflict and daily law enforcement. The breakdown of the rule of law and impunity are at the heart of this systemic problem. REDRESS has been working with Sri Lankan lawyers and human rights defenders since the early 2000s to obtain justice for survivors and to hold the perpetrators accountable. We have provided training for lawyers and doctors on the Istanbul Protocol and have sought to develop the capacity of lawyers to engage in strategic litigation at the domestic and international level. Together with the Asian Human Rights Commission (, we have brought and/or supported torture cases before domestic tribunals and the UN Human Rights Committee. These cases address the lack of investigations and prosecutions in torture cases, the bringing of fabricated charges against victims as well as harassment, intimidation and attacks on victims, families and witnesses. The cases of Gerard Perrera and Nishantha Fernando, both of whom were murdered for pursuing complaints, painfully illustrate this practice, which creates an atmosphere of fear that reinforces impunity and denial of justice. 

REDRESS submission to the OHCHR investigation on Sri Lanka

- English

October 2014

Letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron urging International Commission of Inquiry on Sri Lanka

Co-signed with Freedom from Torture, Minority Rights Group International, the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice and UNA-UK

- English

March 2014

Amarasinghe v Sri Lanka

- English

September 2012

Comments To The Committee Against Torture on Sri Lanka’s combined third and fourth periodic reports

- REDRESS submissions
- Joint REDRESS, ALRC, RCT and ACAT Alternative Report

September 2011

Guneththige v. Sri Lanka

- Engish

July 2011

The need for a UN Commission of Inquiry on Accountability in Sri Lanka

- English

May 2011

Submission from AHRC, RCT and REDRESS to UN Panel on Sri Lanka

Joint submission of the Asian Human Rights Committee (AHRC), the REDRESS Trust, and the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT)

- English

December 2010

Pathmini Peiris v. Sri Lanka

- English

February 2009

Memorandum on the compatibility of the practice of bringing fabricated charges, with international human rights standards, national jurisprudence and international standards on policing.

Published as appendix to 'Asian Human Rights Commission - Recovering the authority of public institutions - A resource book on law and human rights in Sri Lanka'

- English

February 2009

Effective remedies and protection for torture victims in Sri Lanka

An open letter to the Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police , Sri Lanka, following the killing of Mr. Nishantha Fernando

- English

October 2008

Accountability and justice for torture in Sri Lanka

An open letter to the Attorney General following the verdict of acquittal of the Negombo High Court in the case of Gerald Perera

- English

May 2008

WAITING FOR JUSTICE - The politics of Delay in the administration of Justice in Torture Cases: Practice, Standards and Responses

- English

May 2008

Comments To Sri Lanka's Second Periodic Report To The Committee Against Torture

- English

October 2005

Istanbul Protocol for Lawyers Sri Lanka

- English

January 2004

Reparation for Torture: A Survey of Law and Practice in 30 Selected Countries (Sri Lanka Country Report)

- English

May 2003

Responses to Human Rights Violations The Implementation of the Right to Reparation for Torture in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

- English

February 2003

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