The Commission issued the directives to public officers to ensure that the fundamental right to vote, as recognized by the Supreme Court, is protected. The directives were forwarded to the Secretary to the President, Prime Minister’s Secretary, all Secretaries of Ministries, all Provincial and Divisional Secretaries. The Election Commission was also informed of the directives issued by the Commission. Click below to read the full directives
Click below to read the letter to the Secretaries to the President, Prime Minister, Ministries, Provincial Councils
Click below to read the letter to the Election Commission
The Human Rights Commission issues directives to police officers on 2019 Presidential Elections. 15 October 2019.
The Human Rights Commission issues directives to public officers on 2019 Presidential Elections. 15 October 2019. The Human Rights Commission issues directives to police officers on 2019 Presidential Elections. 15 October 2019. The Human Rights Commission issues guidelines on the application of hate speech law (s.3 of ICCPR). 29 August 2019. The Commission considers Section 3 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act No.56 of 2OO7 (ICCPR Act) as a significant legal framework to address hate crimes. As there is no authoritative Sri Lankan jurisprudence on section 3 of the lCCPR Act, the Commission has drawn from the discourse surrounding Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and political Rights i.e. the original Article to which Section 3 of the ICCR Act gives domestic effect, in order to understand its scope and application. After an analysis of the scope and application of the law, the Commission issues the guidelines on the application of the hate speech law. The Commission has forwarded the guidelines to the Hon. Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police. Click below to read the guidelines
Click below to read the letter to the Hon. Attorney General
The Commission issued guidelines on 02 July 2019 to the Police Department to prevent arbitrary arrest as the Commission has received multiple complaints alleging illegal arrests in the post 21 April attacks context, some of which pertain to cultural misunderstandings and public suspicion. The Inspector General of Police wrote to HRCSL on 05 August 2019 acknowledging receipt of the guidelines and informing the Commission that they had been circulated to all police officers to prevent arbitrary and unlawful arrest.
HRCSL issues guidelines on arrests
Human Rights Commission issues guidelines to print media on ethical and sensitive reporting in the context of the post 21 April attacks. 21 June 2019.
Human Rights Commission issues guidelines to the Police to prevent arbitrary arrest. 02 July 2019.
Human Rights Commission issues Directives to Public Officers on Local Authorities Election 2018. 22 January 2018
Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has issued Guidelines to Police Officers on the Local Authorities Election 2018, which it has sent to the Inspector General of Police. In addition to the Inspector General of Police, these guidelines were sent to the Ministry of Law and Order, the Election Commission and the National Police Commission. The guidelines focus on handling complaints and investigating them impartially, and the provision of adequate security to facilitate a free and a fair election.
Directives Issued by Human Rights Commission on Arrest and Detention Under the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No 48 of 1979. 27 May 2016.
The Commission issues directives to police officers on the 2019 Presidential Elections via letter to the Inspector General of Police underscoring the importance of police officers discharging their duties without favor or fear, to ensure free and fair elections and to uphold the fundamental right to vote, as recognized by the Supreme Court. Click below to read the directives
Click below to read the letter to the IGP
The Commission, having received multiple complaints on arbitrary arrests after the 21 April attacks due to cultural misunderstanding and public suspicion, recommends that Sri Lanka Police follow certain guidelines to avoid arbitrary and illegal arrests. The Commission highlights Naomi Michelle Coleman v. The Hon. Attorney General, SC FR 136/2014, where Ms. Coleman was arrested and deported due to displaying a tattoo of the Buddha, which the Supreme Court held had violated Articles 12 (1) and 13 (1) of the Constitution.
The Commission writes to the heads of the all print media institutions reiterating the importance of ethical and sensitive reporting in context of the post 21 April attacks in order to avoid re traumatizing and re victimization, and to prevent the incitement of ethnic and religious tension. The Commission has observed that due to extremist terrorist activities of some persons, the entire Muslim community has been discriminated against and harassed. Therefore, media reports on victims, offenders, arrests, searches and seizure should adhere to the highest possible standards of ethical journalism.
The Commission issues 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 previous heads of state and binding international human rights law standards.