Sri Lanka Visits & Communications

Country Visits

The UN Special Rapporteur visited Sri Lanka from 28 November to 6 December 2005. He reported on his visit to the 62nd session of the UN Commission on Human Rights (replaced by the Human Rights Council in March 2006) in March 2006 - the report is available below. His mission covered: killings related to the conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; deaths in custody; and impunity. On 14 May 2008 he submitted a follow-up report, available below, to the 8th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council which included: compliance with human rights and humanitarian law; the ceasefire monitoring mechanism and civilian protection; international human rights monitoring; the Government’s reliance on paramilitary groups; policing and police accountability; dialogue with the Tamil diaspora; and compensation for families victimised by extrajudicial executions.

Since his 2005 visit, Professor Alston has engaged in dialogue with the Sri Lankan government, and has called for the establishment of a full-fledged international human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka.

Philip Alston has also undertaken his own investigation into human rights abuses in the country at the end of the war with the LTTE, namely through the commission of expert analysis of a video originally shown by UK-based Channel 4 which purported to show the extrajudicial execution of Tamil Tigers by members of the Sri Lankan army. The report of the investigation and related press coverage can be found here.