The UN Human Rights Committee has called upon the government of Sri Lanka to take effective measures to ensure members of the judiciary are protected from improper influence, inducements, pressures, threats or interferences including those of the executive or legislature.
Noting their concerns over the issues that have arisen in the constitutional, legal framework and independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka that have posed threats to upholding human rights, the Committee also expressed concern over the implementation of the 18 Amendment in their concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka that was released today.
It had furthermore expressed concern at the impeachment of the Chief Justice in 2013 while calling on the government to repeal the 18th amendment and to take legislative and other measures to ensure transparent and impartial processes when making appointments to the judiciary and other independent bodies.
Among the other issues discussed in relation to Sri Lanka’s human rights performance, the Committee had also expressed concern over the limited territorial scope of the mandate of the Presidential Commission investigating into missing persons and the lack of fast paced investigation and prosecutions over such matters.
It had also expressed grave concern over the reports of continued enforced disappearances including human rights defenders, journalists, clergymen and activists.
Sri Lanka’s human rights performance was reviewed for the fifth time on October 7 and 8 before the UN Human Rights Committee where a range of issues pertaining to human rights including non-discrimination, minority rights, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression were discussed between the experts of the Committee and the Sri Lankan delegation.
To read the concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of Sri Lanka click here