This week the UN Committee Against Torture published the concluding observations of its recent review of Sri Lanka regarding ongoing human rights abuses in the country. In addition, the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has noted that thousands remain missing and emphasised the importance of international involvement in Sri Lanka’s accountability mechanisms.

Below is a summary of the news events appearing in the December 2016 SLEP E-Bulletin.

Report by UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances on Sri Lanka  UN Committee Against Torture reviews Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka sends official in charge of torture units to represent government before Committee Against Torture  The International Truth and Justice Project calls on the UN to investigate secret torture sites in Sri Lanka  UN Human Rights Committee orders Sri Lanka to compensate Canadian torture victim  Concluding observations on Sri Lanka by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues visits Sri Lanka  New law on Office of Missing Persons  Law to replace Prevention of Terrorism Act could pose greater threat to human rights  Amnesty International’s recommendations for Sri Lanka to achieve transitional justice  War-affected women still waiting for transitional justice in Sri Lanka  Sri Lankan government publishes policy on durable solutions for conflict-affected displacement  US Department of State International Religious Freedom Report – Sri Lanka  Police brutality against students in Sri Lanka  UNHCR report on Sri Lankan returnees in 2014  Human Rights Watch report on discrimination of LGBTI persons in Sri Lanka  Freedom House ‘Freedom on the Net’ 2016 Report – Sri Lanka  Switzerland less likely to protect asylum-seekers with LTTE links

SLEP continues to collect statements with a view to submitting such evidence to an independent prosecution or tribunal in the future.