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

June 15, 2013 – 6:52 am | No Comment | 76 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.
But …

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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.

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

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UNHCR recommendations accepted by Sri Lanka to improve Human Rights

November 25, 2012 – 7:58 am | No Comment | 515 views
UNHCR recommendations accepted by Sri Lanka to improve Human Rights

1.Consider ratifying the Palermo Protocol on human trafficking (Philippines)
2.Make further efforts to ratify other relevant international instruments that are vital to the promotion and protection of Human Rights, in keeping with its national capacity and …

Sinhala & Tamil for administration in 12 new DS areas

October 19, 2012 – 6:55 am | No Comment | 472 views
Sinhala & Tamil for administration in 12 new DS areas

12 new Divisional Secretariat areas in 9 districts have been declared by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as areas where both the Sinhala & Tamil languages should be used as the languages of administration.
The areas are Dehiwala, …

Answer to Language Issues

October 17, 2012 – 6:36 am | No Comment | 1,141 views
Answer to Language Issues

The Ministry of National Language & Social Integration is to launch a new hotline from Novembber 1st to resolve language issues. The hotline no: is 1956, which was also the year the ‘Sinhala only Act’ …

The importance of Training, Operational Directives and Reporting

October 1, 2012 – 10:27 am | No Comment | 273 views

At both the informal consultations on implementation of the Human Rights Action Plan held at the Reconciliation Office, and the official meetings conducted at the Ministry of Plantation Industries by the Task Force of the …

The Laws’ and Other Delays

September 26, 2012 – 9:58 am | No Comment | 283 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 | 1,432 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 …

Strengthening the Human Rights Commission

September 16, 2012 – 8:16 am | No Comment | 403 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 …

Promoting the Rights and the Welfare of Children

September 13, 2012 – 8:00 am | No Comment | 317 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 | 291 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 | 1,221 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 …