Establishment

To give force to the commitment of Sri Lanka as a member of the United Nations in protecting human rights, and to perform the duties and obligations imposed on Sri Lanka by various international treaties at international level; as well as to maintain the standards set out under the Paris Principles in 1996 the Government of Sri Lanka formulate.

Act No. 21 of 1996 to establish the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka is an independent Commission, which was set up to promote and protect human rights in the country.

Prior to the establishment of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), two different institutions had been promulgated under emergency regulations; the Human Rights Task Force (HRTF) to prevent illegal arrest and detention and the Commission for Eliminating Discrimination & Monitoring of Human Rights (CEDMHR) to prevent discrimination.

Vision

“Our Vision is to ensure human rights for all, and to promote and protect the rule of law.”

Mission

Our mission is to develop a better human rights culture in Sri Lanka through protecting and promoting human rights for all in law, policy and in practice, adhering to universally recognized human rights norms and principles with a special emphasis on the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Sri Lankan Constitution for the citizens of Sri Lanka, with the coordination and co0rperation of all stakeholders that work towards protecting and promoting human rights for all.

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