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Guidelines and Directives

The Human Rights Commission issues directives to public officers on 2019 Presidential Elections. 15 October 2019.

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

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HRCSL Directives for Public-Officers
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Click below to read the letter to the Secretaries to the President, Prime Minister, Ministries, Provincial Councils

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HRCSL letter to the Secretary to the President on Directives to Public Officers.
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Click below to read the letter to the Election Commission

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HRCSL Letter to Election Commission
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The Human Rights Commission issues directives to police 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 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

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Guidelines
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Guidelines
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Guidelines
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Click below to read the letter to the Hon. Attorney General

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Letter to the Hon. Attorney General
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Letter to the Hon. Attorney General
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Letter to the Hon. Attorney General
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Click below to read the letter to the Inspector General of Police

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Letter to the Inspector General of Police
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Letter to the Inspector General of Police
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Inspector General of Police circulates guidelines issued by the Human Rights Commission in order to prevent arbitrary and unlawful arrest of persons. 29 August 2019.

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.

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Police Department response to HRCSL
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HRCSL issues guidelines on arrests

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HRCSL issues guidelines on arrests
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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 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 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 issues Directives to Public Officers on Local Authorities Election 2018. 22 January 2018

Human Rights Commission Issues Guidelines to Police Officers on Local Authorities election. 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.

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HRCSL Issues Guidelines to Police Officers
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HRCSL Issues Guidelines to Police Officers
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HRCSL Issues Guidelines to Police Officers
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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.

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.