Helping communities obtain vital legal documentation


The legal documentation mobile service in progress

S. Mangaleswaran is happy that she was able to obtain the birth certificate for her child. Just a few feet away from her, I. Nallaiyah is only too glad to display the elder’s Identity Card she has just received, while a young couple is busily filling in an application form in order to obtain their marriage certificate. Around them, the legal documentation mobile service at the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat in Kilinochchi is filled with people, both young and old, submitting application forms to obtain documentation for the very first time or seeking the replacement of those which have been destroyed, registering missing civic documents and meeting with Government officials.

Highlights

  • The mobile service was held on July 15, 2014 as part of a series of activities undertaken to mark Social Integration Week 2014 by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration in collaboration with the Kilinochchi District Secretariat and the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat.
  • Mobile documentation services, such as the one held in Kilinochchi, act as a one stop shop for individuals to obtain vital civic documentation, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, national identity cards, elder’s identity cards and passports. It also enables people to obtain legal aid services.
  • UNDP has been working with the Government of Sri Lanka since 2004 to conduct mobile documentation services in the North, East and the plantation sectors

The mobile service was held on July 15, 2014 as part of a series of activities undertaken to mark Social Integration Week 2014 by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration in collaboration with the Kilinochchi District Secretariat and the Karachchi Divisional Secretariat. It was conducted with financial assistance from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security under the UNDP supported Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration (SELAJSI) Programme.

Mobile documentation services, such as the one held in Kilinochchi, act as a one stop shop for individuals to obtain vital civic documentation, such as birth, marriage and death certificates, national identity cards, elder’s identity cards and passports. It also enables people to obtain legal aid services through the Legal Aid Commission and meet relevant government officials, including the Grama Niladhari officers, police and Justice of Peace, receive support to complete, submit application forms, register missing documents and obtain stamps and photographs required for legal documents, with the mobile service itself baring the relevant costs.

UNDP has been working with the Government of Sri Lanka since 2004 to conduct mobile documentation services in the North, East and the plantation sectors, supporting efforts to strengthen access to justice and services among thousands of people, particularly those most vulnerable and marginalized. 

This initiative was implemented through the UNDP supported Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration Programme with financial assistance from the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security