The Right to Information Act that came in to force on 03rd February 2017, the fight for responsible accountability, good governance which is against corruption can only be strengthened if the information held by responsible authorities is more readily available. The result of relaxing the obstructing tight mechanisms that prevent the access of information would create a more transparent system of administration.
Sri Lanka has been struggling with providing recuperative services to victims of Torture as well as families of the disappeared and prisoners detained indefinitely without trial waiting to know the truth for accountability and justice. The human rights situation in Sri Lanka has been reviewed recently by a number of independent experts and bodies at the UN. These include the Special Rapporteur on torture who visited the country in 2016 and concluded that “a culture of torture persists”. The Committee against Torture also reviewed in November 2016 and expressed its concern at allegations of the routine use of torture.
The Torture exhibition and the signature campaign continued from 9.00 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. and the general public, from all walks of life, showed a tremendous interest on the subject including the school children.
The comments from the general public was very positive and they thanked the HRO and requested more opportunities to campaign against police brutality and Torture.