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From recrimination to reconciliation: the path to peace in Sri Lanka

June 15, 2013 – 6:52 am | No Comment | 1,583 views

Sri Lanka is at a crossroads. After the end of a long civil war, the country has an historic opportunity to draw on its strengths and riches to create a unified, prosperous and just society.
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Psycho-social Support

Providing a non-therapeutic intervention that helps people to cope with stress.

Housing

Programs initiated to provide housing for the citizens in North & East.

Former Combatants

Sri lanka begins reconciliation program among former combatants, victims and recipient communities.

Education

Educational exchange & vocational training programs.

Religion & Culture

Different ethnic groups have different justice mechanisms for resolving disputes and dealing with conflicts

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Article Archive for September 2012

The Laws’ and Other Delays

September 26, 2012 – 9:58 am | No Comment | 354 views
The Laws’ and Other Delays

Even before I was asked to convene the Task Force on implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan, we had commenced at the Reconciliation Office a series of consultations with relevant Government officials as …

Developing psychosocial support systems

September 24, 2012 – 9:35 am | No Comment | 1,834 views
Developing psychosocial support systems

Amongst the recommendations developed at the consultations on Human Rights arranged by the Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies that were held in my office a few weeks back, perhaps the simplest to implement swiftly is that …

A helping hand for a life with dignity: 176 Resettled families Benefit from livelihood assistance

September 22, 2012 – 5:31 am | No Comment | 716 views
A helping hand for a life with dignity: 176 Resettled families Benefit from livelihood assistance

A helping hand for a life with dignity: 176 resettled families benefit from livelihood assistanceThe conflict in Sri Lanka displaced thousands of people in the northern districts. While affected civilians have returned or are returning …

Strengthening the Human Rights Commission and cooperation with other state agencies

September 20, 2012 – 9:09 am | No Comment | 358 views
Strengthening the Human Rights Commission and cooperation with other state agencies

One area in which the Human Rights Commission has an vital role to play, in terms of the National Human Rights Action Plan, is that of training the judiciary. This cannot be done easily by …

Strengthening the Human Rights Commission

September 16, 2012 – 8:16 am | No Comment | 502 views
Strengthening the Human Rights Commission

I was delighted last week to be told that the Human Rights Commission was receiving assistance from the Asia Pacific Centre which coordinates work with National Human Rights Commissions. When, following my appointment to convene …

Probation Officials from South-West meet in the East

September 15, 2012 – 1:25 pm | No Comment | 560 views
Probation Officials from South-West meet in the East

An experience sharing program for the Department of Probation and Child Care Services (DPCCS) officials and also for the Save the Children Staff recently was conducted in Trincomalee. The program witnessed enriched mutual understanding among …

Promoting the Rights and the Welfare of Children

September 13, 2012 – 8:00 am | No Comment | 509 views
Promoting the Rights and the Welfare of Children

I discussed in Rights Watch last week the need to develop community structures for protection purposes. Whilst this will go some way towards helping the vulnerable, we also need much better structures at state level …

Developing Community Structures

September 10, 2012 – 8:24 am | No Comment | 387 views
Developing Community Structures

One of the biggest problems with promoting Human Rights in Sri Lanka is that it has turned into either a business, or a battle, or both, for many. Those NGOs which believe it their duty …

The problem about suspended sentences for rape

September 7, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment | 1,739 views
The problem about suspended sentences for rape

I was recently sent an article which suggested that in Sri Lanka sexual offenders went scot free.  Coincidentally we had been discussing this matter at the last meeting of the Task Force of the Inter-Ministerial …

The Welfare of Prisoners

September 5, 2012 – 8:26 am | No Comment | 407 views
The Welfare of Prisoners

Over the last few weeks, a number of consultations have been held about measures to improve the Human Rights situation in the country. These started on an initiative of the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, working …