The information below is based on the Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council (S/2020/487) issued on 03 June 2020.

In Sri Lanka, the Government has made express commitments to address sexual violence, torture, abduction and intimidation, as part of the legacy of the conflict. It has established an Office on Missing Persons and an Office for Reparations, though the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission or judicial mechanism has been delayed. United Nations human rights mechanisms have urged the Government to ensure that reparations are made available to survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and that all perpetrators, including State actors, are held accountable and removed from the security apparatus.

Recommendation

I urge governments of countries undergoing post-conflict transitional justice processes to ensure that survivors of wartime sexual violence have full access to national relief, recovery and reparations programmes on a basis of equality before the law, and that concrete measures are taken to end the vicious cycle of violence and impunity for these crimes. I further call upon these governments to ensure gender-responsive security sector reform, the provision of comprehensive services for survivors and children born of rape, and to prioritize efforts to alleviate stigma, as part of measures to repair the social fabric torn by conflict.

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