Successive Sri Lankan governments have ratified various international human rights’ treaties, but they are still being found wanting on home turf.
These treaties include provisions against torture, discrimination, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and arbitrary detention. They protect freedom of expression, assembly, association and religion as well as rights to equality before the law, housing, education, and healthcare.
There are also specific measures set out in these treaties covering women, children, migrant workers and people with disabilities.
However, many Sri Lankans are still denied these rights and justice after violations during the war. The government has received more than 65,000 complaints of disappeared persons and there is no clarity about numbers killed…
Updated On: November 18, 2017