Volume IV
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Convention States.

3. Enforced disappearance etc.

4. Aiding, abetting, attempt & conspiracy.

5. Cognisable and non-bailable offence.

6. High Court to try offences under this Act, and penalties.

7. Rights of certain persons arrested for offences under this Act.

8. Minister to notify requesting State of measures taken against persons for whose extradition request is made.

9. Assistance to Convention States.

10. Existing extradition arrangements with Convention States deemed to provide for offences.

11. Minister may treat Convention as an extradition arrangement between Sri Lanka and certain Convention States.

12. Amendment to the Extradition Law.

13. Offences under this Act not to be political offences for the purposes of the Extradition Law.

14. Rights of victims and relatives-vis-à-vis law enforcement authorities.

15. Obligations concerning deprivation of liberty.

16. Rights of relatives, representatives and attorneys-at-law.

17. Interference with and influencing investigations, and failure to record or refusal to provide information.

18. No extradition where there is a possibility of such person being subjected to enforced disappearance.

19. Privacy and data protection.

20. Enforcement of the provisions of this Act.

21. Minister to issue guidelines or directions.

22. Regulations.

23. Provisions of this Act to prevail over other written law.

24. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

25. Interpretation.

5 of 2018.

AN ACT to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance to ensure the right to justice and reparation to victims of enforced disappearance; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 21st March, 2018]


WHEREAS Sri Lanka became a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance on December 10, 2015 (hereinafter referred to as the “Convention”):

AND WHEREAS by an instrument of ratification dated May 3, 2016, and deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations Organisation on May 25, 2016, Sri Lanka ratified the aforesaid Convention:

AND WHEREAS the aforesaid Convention has entered into force in respect of Sri Lanka, with effect from June 24, 2016:

AND WHEREAS it has become necessary for the Government of Sri Lanka to make legislative provision to give effect to Sri Lanka’s obligations under the aforesaid Convention.

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