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[16days_discussion] UN CEDAW Committee calls on prompt investigations and prosecutions in Sri Lanka

Anna v. Gall gall at ecchr.eu
Wed Feb 16 05:07:40 EST 2011


 

 

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PRESS RELEASE

 

 

UN Committee calls on prompt investigations and prosecutions in Sri Lanka

 

 

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW
Committee) urges Sri Lanka to “promptly investigate, prosecute and punish
all acts of violence including sexual violence” which have arisen during the
last stages of the conflict and in the post conflict phase. The Committee
further calls on Sri Lanka to “consider having an independent international
accountability mechanism, in accordance with recent proposal of the UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights, mandated to investigate the cases of serious
violations of human rights, including women’s rights, which have arisen in
the last stages of the fighting.”

 

Before, ECCHR has submitted a report to the CEDAW Committee during its 48th
session on the foreseeability of sexual violence in conflict in the case of
Sri Lanka. The paper demands new legal ways in order to hold perpetrators
accountable and calls for the UN to consider the use of sexual violence in
conflicts as part of its approach for respecting human and women's rights.
The existence and legal denial of sexual violence as a crime was an
expression of gender-based discrimination and patriarchal systems that
needed to be overcome


The Committee called on investigations, prosecution and punishment of all
acts of violence during the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. So far, although
many international NGOs presented credible evidence of the commission of war
crimes by both parties to the conflict, no serious investigations have been
opened.

 

ECCHR’s Gender and Human Rights program manager Anna von Gall said: “Sri
Lanka must comply with its obligations to prevent women and girls from being
subjected to sexual violence by military personnel and has to prosecute
those crimes that have been committed pursuant to the Convention's
framework.”

 

Link
<http://www.ecchr.de/gender-based_crimes/articles/the-un-committee-on-the-el
imination-of-discrimination-against-women-urges-promptly-investigations-acts
-of-sexual-violence.html>  (Committee concluding observations, ECCHR
submission and oral statement)

 

Link <http://www.ecchr.de/sri-lanka.404.html>  (ECCHR – Sri Lanka)

Link <http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws48.htm>  (CEDAW 48th
Session)

 

Contact:

ECCHR

Gender and Human Rights Program, Anna von Gall, gall at ecchr.eu, Tel: +49 – 30
40 04 85 90 

Universal Justice Program, Andreas Schüller, schueller at ecchr.eu, Tel: +49 –
171 332 4991

 

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