Sri Lanka has ratified all the main UN International Human Rights Conventions. No reservations have been lodged with respect to these treaties.
Sri Lanka has engaged with the Committees of each of these conventions. The reports to these Committees, according to periodic reviews, are available in the following tabs.
On 05 December 2017, Sri Lanka acceded to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), its most recent commitment. The OPCAT came into force on 04 January 2018. The main objective of the Optional Protocol is to establish a system of regular visits to be undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places of detention.
|Treaty||Date of Signature||Date of Ratification/Accession(a)|
|International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966||11 Jun 1980 (a)|
|International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1966||11 June 1980 (a)|
|Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 1979||17 July 1980||05 October 1981|
|Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), 1984||03 January 1994 (a)|
|Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), 1989||26 January 1990||12 July 1991|
|International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, (ICMW), 1990||11 Mar 1996 (a)|
|Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED), 2006||10 December 2015||25 May 2016|
|Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)||08 February 2016|
|Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of children in armed conflict, 2000||21 August 2000||08 September 2000|
|Optional Protocol to the CRC on the sale of children, child prostitution, and child pornography, 2000||08 May 2002||22 September 2006|
|Optional Protocol to ICCPR, concerning individual petition, 1966||03 October 1997|
|Optional Protocol to CEDAW, concerning individual complaints and inquiry procedures, 1999||05 October 2002|
|Optional Protocol to CAT, concerning regular visits by national and international institutions to places of detention, 2002||05 December 2017|