International Human Rights Day 2010

Message from Ms C. Ellawala, Secretary, HRCSL

All communities who respect human dignity celebrate the International Human Rights Day. This year the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka celebrates this day in Anuradhapura, North Central Province.

National Protection and Durable Solution for Internally Displaced Persons

The two decades of armed conflict made over one million of persons displaced from their habitual residences and it led to violations of human rights. Since 1997 the Commission received complaints from internally displaced persons on human rights violations. The Commission gave priority to this vulnerable group and established the project in June 2002 to address their issues. This project conducts variety of programmes to ensure the rights of IDPs. Read More>>

This project strengthened capacity building of the Commission particularly at the regional level. Also this project facilitates to conduct civil society meetings and regional coordinator meetings. And also provide assistance to up grade the HRCSL website.

Main objective of this project is to enhance accessibility and reporting capacity of families affected by armed conflict to deal with statutory and remedial institutions related to child rights violations and legal or social services in Batticaloa District. Series of meetings at divisional secretariat level and child rights awareness programmes at community level are carrying out under this project. The coordination of this programme is by Education and Special programmes Read More>>

HRCSL work towards addressing the issues of the migratory fishing community

The Commission organized a consultation meeting on 12th October 2010 at the HRCSL auditorium for State Officers. The meeting was headed by the Secretary of the Commission whilst the Additional Secretary (Legal), Directors of Monitoring and Review, Inquiry and Investigation and Education and Special Programmes were also present. The list of invitees included the Heads of State Institutes who are directly involved in the issues discussed during the session. The Read More>>

Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Website Revamped

According to Ms. C. Ellawala, Secretary, HRCSL, the Commission was able to revamp its current website by further improving its features to make it more user-friendly, with the assistance of the UNDP Joint Programme. The objective of the upgrade is to allow transparency to the Commission’s activities at regional, national and international level. The site allows more interactivity with the civil society, allowing users the facility to register with the Read More>>

Civil Society working with HRCSL to address Human Rights issues

A civil society meeting was conducted in September 2010, by the HRCSL at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. A series of similar meetings were carried out throughout the country with the contribution of the UNDP Joint Programme where all ten regions were covered. These events were recognized to be successful, with easy communication and exchange of ideas among the participants and the Commission. Justice Nissanka Udalagama, the guest speaker Read More>>

HRCSL steps up to ensure the Rights of Afro-Sri Lankan community struggle to preserve their identity

The Afro-Sri Lankan community that partially descend from the Portuguese traders and African slaves who were brought to Sri Lanka during the 16th century, presently residing in Puttalam and Trincomalee districts struggle to preserve their origin and identity. The HRCSL has taken initiatives to conduct research schemes of this community as a means of helping them to safeguard and maintain their community’s identity. The research programme took place on 17th Read More>>

HRCSL review the regional activities for effective protection and promotion of Human Rights

HRCSL organized a quarterly regional coordinator’s meeting on 16th and 17th September 2010 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute. Regional coordinators of the 10 regional offices participated in this review process and presented regional activities which were carried out during the period of June to August 2010. This review meeting was headed by the Secretary and Additional Secretary of the HRCSL, while Directors of Inquiries and Investigations, Education and Special Read More>>

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