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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, recognizing the right of every citizen to vote, to freely engage in political activities and the right to free and fair elections under the Constitution of Sri Lanka (1978) and international human rights norms, adopted the following guidelines to be observed by all police officers during the run-up to the election, on the day of the election and the period immediately after the election

Four digits Hotline 1996 is open to the general public for their convenience and to inform of any urgent complaints to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka was established in the year 1996 and therefore this number was selected.

Wide publicity was given recently through newspapers and the media recently into an incident related to drinking water in a large number of villages including Rathupaswala in Weliveriya. It was reported that water in the wells of these villages was found to contain high levels of acid or toxic chemicals, that even though the villagers complied to the relevant authorities, no action was taken by them, that a public demonstration Read More>>

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has called for an immediate Report from the Authorities of the Department of Railways and the Ministry of Transportation regarding the measures so far taken to install Rail Gates across the Island to avoid accidents due to the lack of protective gates at the railway crossings.

The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually on 26th June to speak out against the Crime of Torture and to honour and support victims and survivors throughout the world.

he Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka established in terms of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act No. 21 of 1996, is empowered to take necessary steps towards the protection of human rights of all persons living in the Country.

HRCSL’S Concern on Foreign National Holding Centre at  Mirihana-Sri Lanka

HRCSL is concerned about the “Foreign National Holding Centre” located at Mirihana, which comes under the provisions of the Controller of Immigration and Emigration Act No 68 of 1961.

A Delegation of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka led by Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa – Commissioner and Ms. S Thambydurai – Coordinating Secretary, Ms. Shirani Rajapaksa – Director Education & Special Programmes, Ms. Sithara Thambiliyagoda – Director Inquiries and Investigations…


The purpose of religions is to bring about the best in human beings and the well being of society. The origins of the concept of human rights are contained in religious doctrines.