Practice Relating to Rule 105. Respect for Family Life
Section B. Reunion of dispersed families
In 2008, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Sri Lanka stated:
345. The Government is finalizing an amendment to Emergency Regulations to deal with the situation of child surrendees – Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulation No. 1 of 2005. The amendment will provide for … [their] appearance before a Magistrate …
346. The Magistrate is required to make a determination regarding the placement of the child … with a view to effecting family reunification or placing him or her with extended family having due regard to the safety of the child and family.
In 2009, in its combined third and fourth periodic reports to the Committee against Torture, Sri Lanka stated:
70. His Excellency the President, by Regulation dated 12 September 2006, appointed a Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (CGR) who is entrusted with specific responsibilities in relation to all “surrendees” of the ongoing conflict which include adults and children. …
71. In terms of this Regulation, the CGR in consultation with the district secretary, Provincial Commissioner of Probation and Child Care and Services and the NCPA [National Child Protection Authority] will identify protective accommodation and rehabilitation centres for the purpose of receiving Child surrendees. …
72. … An immediate step at the centre is to reunite such surrendees particularly the children with their parents.