Recent reports highlighted instances of sexual violence during the war in Sri Lanka and post war period. Despite promises of change with the election of the Sirisena administration in January 2015, the government has done little to end impunity for acts of rape and sexual violence. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) consensus Resolution, “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka’”, adopted in 2015, urges action on rape and sexual violence including the establishment of mechanisms and investigations. In fulfilling its commitments, Sri Lanka must ensure that victims of sexual violence are part of the transitional justice process including having access to accountability and provided with reparations. The latest paper by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) discusses these issues in greater detail.
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