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  • Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. / No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. / No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms. / No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. / Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. / Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association. / Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives. / Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country. States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. / States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful Assembly. / States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development. / Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means; / Recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
Human Rights Defenders and late Ms Thusitha Sanmarasekara

Who are human rights defenders?
Human rights defenders are those individuals who selflessly think of others without considering themselves and such persons are present in democratic societies in the world. However, there is no clear definition for human rights defenders.

Nepal National Dalit Commission visits HRCSL

A high profile delegation headed by Mr Man Bahadur Nepali, Chairperson of the National Dalit Commission visited HRCSL on 2nd September 2015. The main objective of this visit was to identify the best practices on caste related issues in Sri Lanka.

General Election 2015

Sri Lankans voted to elect a new Parliament on 17th August 2015.  There are many political parties and groups contested for a share of seats in the new Parliament.  This was nothing new.  We have had regular elections and different stakeholders are playing different roles to ensure free and fair election. The present Commission will cease to function when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is fully implemented.  Even though the efforts taken by Read More>>

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka decided to setup a special unit to prevent election related fundamental rights violations while casting votes. The Secretariat will consist of a Commissioner, the Secretary and a few senior officers of the Commission.

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