The impact of disappearances on the families is devastating and long lasting, leaving them in a terrible limbo, unable to find closure. At the same time, it reaches beyond the immediate communities of the disappeared, affecting entire societies grappling with the legacy of unresolved crimes and the obligation to provide families with the truth about the fate of their loved ones.
A round table conference was held along with Rita, the survivor, the lawyers, the staff and the members of the support group on the 12th August 2021 at the Human Rights Office to review the long walk of Rita seeking Justice and Redress. Rita in a soft tone narrated her painful experiences in seeking Justice and described her present life being a mother of two daughters. Rita thanked profusely all those who were around her during the past 20 years.
Media conference held on 03-08-2021 explaining the contents of the letter sent to the president of Sri Lanka by the Bishop of Kandy and his priests regarding the death of Ishalini and exploitation of children of the plantation sector.
Women make change - Empower them We know that education is the best tool to tackle harmful gender inequality and build confidence of girls’ and young women’s and equip them with the skills they need to lead. Girls and women in every corner of Sri Lankan society face injustice simply because of their gender. So, what makes this year 2021 and the years to come any different. Education as a means to achieving gender equality was firmly believed by the Human Rights Office.
On the International Day in Support of the Survivors of Torture 2021, the Human Rights Office - Kandy demand the government of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to indict Torture Perpetrators under the Torture Act no 22 of 1994 and bring them before Justice and deliver Justice & Redress to the Victims of Torture.
With COVID 19 health restrictions and guidelines, the workshop of the Religious and Priests for Human Rights (RPHR) was held at Fatima Retreat House, Lewella – Kandy from the 09th - 12th February 2021 with 28 participants from different parts of the country. Usually the February workshop is held outside Kandy, however due to COVID 19 pandemic, the workshop was held at Lewella - Kandy.