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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.

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka will hold a consultation with civil society on 16th November 2015 from 9.00 a.m.  to 11.00 a.m. at the HRCSL Auditorium.

The HRCSL initiated an immediate investigation into the Police action in respect of HNDA (Higher National Diploma in Accountancy) students which took place on Wednesday (29/10/2015) in Colombo.

HRCSL will hold a press conference on Monday 16 November, 2015 to brief the media on the work of the new Commission.

The new Chairperson and Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka commenced work on Friday 30th October, 2015. Dr. Deepika Udagama (Chairperson), Mr. Hamid Ghazali Hussain (Member), Mr. Saliya Pieris (Member) and Ms. Ambika Sathkunanadan (Member) are in the new Commission.

The President of Sri Lanka has appointed a new Chairperson and members to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka under Article 41B of the Constitution of Sri Lanka (together with Sections 3 and 3(4) of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act No 21 of 1996) on 21 October 2015.

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>>

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