Human Rights office of Kandy diocese is part of the Catholic Church headed by Fr Nandana Manatunga, under the jurisdictions of the Bishop of Kandy, incorporated with the Act no 17 of 1983.
The Human Rights office was an offshoot of the Human Rights Media Resource center and established as the “Human Rights” office in 2008. It advanced upon the image and credibility that was made in voicing for justice at the most crucial time in the history of Sri-Lanka. Basing itself on the teachings of Christ, the office made itself responsible in sharing the Love of God by respecting the dignity of all human persons irrespective of ethnicity, caste, creed or the language and safeguarding the dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God.
Human Rights office provides an important service on protection, security, legal advice, health, and trauma counseling to victims of rape, torture and other serious human rights violations “in breaking the silence”. The Human Rights office engages in rehabilitation of prisoners and their families and the families of the missing persons. Efforts are made to educate the general public on the need to campaign for the defense of rights and getting redress to the victims. Hence the office regularly conduct residential workshops for the religious, youth and the students.
At present the Human Rights office handles more than 140 cases of custodial torture child abuse, rape and extra-judicial killings. The office provides legal, medical, educational facilities with trauma counseling to the victims, witnesses and to their family members.
By taking up such cases the office campaigns for the reform of the collapsed Justice System and establishment of the rule of law in the country. Street movement, Poster and postcard campaigns, video clips, press conferences on “delays in justice” disrupting their education, family life and their childhood have been highlighted. Since the year 2002 as the Human Right Media Resource center, we have stood by the victims of all communities both to get redress to the victims and educate the public and to get the perpetrators punished through a fair trial.