United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
19 September 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of
the Optional Protocol, concerning Communication No.
2209/2012*, **
Submitted by:

Amarasinghe Arachchige Simon Amarasinghe
(represented by counsel, Asian Legal Resources
Centre and REDRESS)

Alleged victims:

Amarasinghe Arachchige David Amarasinghe

State party:

Sri Lanka

Date of communication:

27 September 2012 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 26 November 2012 (not issued
in a document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

13 July 2017

Subject matter:

Failure to properly investigate, prosecute and
ensure redress for the alleged arbitrary detention
and torture of the victim by police officers,
resulting in his death.

Procedural issues:

State party’s failure to cooperate.

Substantive issues:

Right to life; torture, cruel, inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment; right to
liberty and personal security

Articles of the Covenant:

6, 7 and 9, read alone and in conjunction with 2

Articles of the Optional Protocol:

2 and 5

* Adopted by the Committee at its 120th session (3-28 July 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: 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.



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