Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration
What is this Programme about?
Through its earlier Access to Justice Projects (2004-2008 & 2009-2012), UNDP became a key partner to the Sri Lankan Government for access to justice programming. Both projects contributed to increasing the awareness of local communities about their rights and the legal and judicial mechanisms to protect them. They also helped to improve legal aid service delivery and access to legal documentation, particularly in the conflict-affected Eastern and Northern parts of the country.
Based on those projects, and under UNDP’s new Country Programme Action Plan,
the Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration
in Sri Lanka (SELAJSI) Programme, will focus on ensuring that gains in the justice
sector are institutionalized, systematized and scaled-up.
By doing so, the Programme will also contribute to supporting several of the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka, namely the National Human Rights Action Plan (2011-2016), the National Policy Framework for Social Integration, and National Plan of Action to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which have made important recommendations towards reconciliation and strengthening the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
The Programme will also build on efforts from civil society organizations, especially women’s and youth organizations, to engage in social integration and reconciliation actions in the country, and provide platforms to strengthen partnerships among different groups and persons.