CCPR/C/120/D/2256/2013 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 22 August 2017 Original: English Human Rights Committee Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 2256/2013*, ** Submitted by: X. (represented by counsel, Sergey A. Golubok and the Redress Trust) Alleged victim: The author State party: Sri Lanka Date of communication: 11 February 2013 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 13 June 2013 (not issued in a document form) Date of adoption of Views: 27 July 2017 Subject matter: Lack of investigation of rape allegations Procedural issue: Exhaustion of domestic remedies — unreasonably prolonged delay Substantive issue: Rape as a form of torture, based on discrimination due to ethnicity, minority status and gender Articles of the Covenant: 2 (1) and (3), 3, 7, 24 (1) and 26 Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2 and 5 (2) (a) and (b) 1. The author of the communication is X, a Sri Lankan national born on 28 August 1983. She claims that Sri Lanka has violated her rights under articles 2 (1) and (3), 3, 7, 24 (1) and 26 of the Covenant. The author is represented by counsel, Sergey A. Golubok and the Redress Trust. The Optional Protocol entered into force for Sri Lanka on 3 January 1998.1 * Adopted by the Committee at its 120th session (3-28 July 2017). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication: 1 Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamariam Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany and Margo Waterval. The State party did not enter any reservation upon ratification of the Optional Protocol. GE.17-14462(E) 

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