United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
24 November 2021
Original: English

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Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 2508/2014*, **

Communication submitted by:



Alleged victims:

Dodanpegamage Asantha Aravinda
(represented by counsels, Sarah Fulton1 and
Alejandra Vicente of Redress Trust)
The author

State party:

Sri Lanka

Date of communication:

31 October 2011 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted
to the State party on 16 December 2014 (not
issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

2 July 2021

Subject matter:

Failure to properly investigate, prosecute and
ensure redress for the alleged arbitrary
detention and torture of the victim by a
private person and police officers

Procedural issues:

State party’s failure to cooperate; exhaustion
of domestic remedies; lack of substantiation

Substantive issues:

Cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment; arbitrary detention;
discrimination on the ground of other status;
effective remedy

Articles of the Covenant:

7, 9 and 26 read alone and in conjunction
with article 2 (3)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5 (2) (b)

Adopted by the Committee at its 132nd session (28 June–23 July 2021).
The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Tania Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Wafaa Ashraf Moharram, Mahjoub El Haiba,
Furuya Shuichi, Kobauyah Tchamdja Kpatcha, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Carlos Gomez Martinez,
Photini Pazartzis, Hernán Quezada Cabrera, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Changrok Soh,
Hélène Tigroudja, Imeru Tamerat Yigezu and Gentian Zyberi.
Former counsel.

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