United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
7 May 2015
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Communication No. 2087/2011
Views adopted by the Committee at its 113th session
(16 March–2 April 2015)
Submitted by:

Misilin Nona Guneththige and Piyawathie
Guneththige (represented by the Asian Legal
Resource Centre and Redress)

Alleged victim:

Thissera Sunil Hemachandra (the authors’ son
and nephew, respectively)

State party:

Sri Lanka

Date of communication:

20 July 2011 (initial submission)

Document references:

Special Rapporteur’s rule 97 decision,
transmitted to the State party on 22 August 2011
(not issued in document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

30 March 2015

Subject matter:

Suspicious death in custody allegedly resulting
from torture

Procedural issues:

Non-cooperation of State party

Substantive issues:

Arbitrary deprivation of life; torture and illtreatment; lack of proper investigation; right to
an effective remedy; right to liberty and security
of person; respect for the inherent dignity of the
human person.

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (para. 3); 6; 7; 9 (paras. 1, 2 and 4);
10 (para. 1)

Articles of the Optional Protocol:


GE.15-09119 (E)


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