CCPR/C/113/D/2087/2011

Annex
Views of the Human Rights Committee under article 5,
paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol to the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (113th session)
concerning

Communication No. 2087/2011*
Submitted by:

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

Alleged victims:

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

State party:

Sri Lanka

Date of communication:

20 July 2011 (initial submission)

The Human Rights Committee, established under article 28 of the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
Meeting on 30 March 2015,
Having concluded its consideration of communication No. 2087/2011, submitted to
the Human Rights Committee on behalf of Thissera Sunil Hemachandra, under the Optional
Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
Having taken into account all written information made available to it by the author
of the communication,
Adopts the following:

Views pursuant to article 5, paragraph 4, of the Optional Protocol
1.
The authors of the communication are Misilin Nona Guneththige, the “first author”,
and Piyawathie Guneththige, the “second author”. They submit the communication on
behalf of their son and nephew, respectively, Thissera Sunil Hemachandra, who was born
on 27 October 1969 and died on 26 July 2003 following head injuries sustained while in
police custody. The authors claim that the victim was the subject of violations by Sri Lanka
of article 6 (para. 1), article 7, article 9 (paras. 1, 2 and 4) and article 10 (para. 1), read
alone and in conjunction with article 2 (para. 3), of the Covenant. They also claim that the
State party has breached their rights, under article 7 read in conjunction with article 2
(para. 3). The authors are represented.
* The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present
communication: Yadh Ben Achour, Lazhari Bouzid, Sarah Cleveland, Olivier de Frouville,
Yuji Iwasawa, Ivana Jelić, Duncan Muhumuza Laki, Photini Pazartis, Mauro Politi, Sir Nigel Rodley,
Victor Manuel Rodríguez-Rescia, Fabián Omar Salvioli, Dheerujlall B. Seetulsingh, Anja SeibertFohr, Yuval Shany, Konstantine Vardzelashvili and Margo Waterval.

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