Torture survivor files complaint against Sri Lanka with UN Human Rights Committee

OTTAWA  Nov. 8, 2013 –Working with the Canadian Centre for International Justice (CCIJ), a Tamil-Canadian torture survivor is filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Committee in a bid to get Sri Lanka to address and remedy the torture and other violations of his rights. The complaint is being filed as Sri Lanka is set to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, boycotted by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper because of Sri Lanka’s failure to ”improve human rights conditions and take steps towards reconciliation and accountability.”

What–
Special press conference with the survivor to announce the filing, discuss the case and highlight obstacles and options in pursuing justice for survivors of torture and other atrocities
Where–
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, 194 Jarvis Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5B 2B7
When–
Wednesday, 13 November 2013, at 10:30 A.M.

For more information contact:

Matt Eisenbrandt

CCIJ Legal Director

+1 (604) 569-1778

meisenbrandt@ccij.ca

Nanda Na Champassak

CCIJ Communication

613-263 4206

nanda@ccij.ca

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