United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
7 December 2016
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication
No. 2412/2014*, **
Communication submitted by:

Roy Manojkumar Samathanam (represented by
counsels, Karima Toulait, Amanda Ghahremani
and Matt Eisenbrandt from the Canadian Centre
for International Justice)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:

Sri Lanka

Date of communication:

13 November 2013 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 4 June 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

28 October 2016

Subject matter:

Ill-treatment and torture of the author by officers
of the Terrorist Investigation Division while in

Procedural issues:

Non-cooperation of State party; exhaustion of
domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Prohibition of torture, cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment; right to
liberty and security of person; respect for the
inherent dignity of the human person; fair trial

* Adopted by the Committee at its 118th session (17 October-4 November 2016).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Yadh Ben Achour, Lazhari Bouzid, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier
de Frouville, Yuji Iwasawa, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, Sir Nigel
Rodley, Víctor Manuel Rodríguez Rescia, Fabián Omar Salvioli, Dheerujlall Seetulsingh, Yuval
Shany, Konstantine Vardzelashvili and Margo Waterval.



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