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The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka presented its proposals on constitutional reform to the Hon. Prime Minister, Hon. Speaker and the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform. The proposals were presented in March, 2016. The need to release the proposals in three languages caused an undue delay for which HRCSL apologizes to the public. Download Report

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued Directives to be followed by designated officials arresting persons under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979 (PTA). These Directives are being issued to ensure the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected and protected, and such persons are treated humanely. The Directives are based on the Directives on Arrest and Detention issued by Read More>>

In late 2005 the Human Rights Commission appointed a Special Rapporteur along with two others to: – inquire into conflict related violations and advise the HRC on action to be taken to protect the rights of those subject to violations; – to gather evidence from whichever sources possible in connection with such incidents and monitor compliance by the police and security forces with human rights norms; and – guide the Read More>>

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and National Child Protection Authority have considered the right to education of the 5 year old child who has applied for admission to the Sambodhi Primary School at Illukhena in Kuliyapitiya and urgently call the attention of relevant authorities and members of the general public to the following matters. Download the letter here

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has written to H.E. The President Maithripala Sirisena urging ratification of the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR and the abolition of the death penalty in Sri Lanka. Download the letter here.

HRCSL Launches Social Media Campaign

The HRCSL launched a human rights campaign through social media as it believes social media is one of the most powerful tools to promote human rights.

The Penal Code amendment on Hate Speech

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka writes Prime Minister on the proposed amendment to the Penal Code on Hate Speech.

HRCSL Report on Police Assaults on HNDA Students

Tamil and English translations pending

HRCSL calls applications for Internship

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka calls for applications from dynamic undergraduates or recent graduates (or those with equivalent qualifications) who wish to voluntarily support the work of the Commission and obtain training in human rights promotion and protection activities, including research.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has written to the Honourable Attorney General Mr. Y.J. W. Wijayatilake, PC conveying to him its grave concern about the rights of the detainees and remandees under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Regulations, and called upon him to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of the rights of these detainees and remandees.

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