New programme on ‘Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka’ comes into operation
UNDP, in partnership with four Ministries of the Government of Sri Lanka, has initiated a new Programme, “Strengthening Enforcement of Law, Access to Justice and Social Integration in Sri Lanka (SELAJSI)”.
The new Programme builds on the support provided by UNDP over the past eight years through its Access to Justice Projects that contributed to increasing the awareness of local communities about their rights and the legal and judicial mechanisms to protect them. It 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.
The new Programme came into operation through the signing of the Programme Framework by the Implementing Partners represented by Secretaries of the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, and the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, with the UNDP Country Director on 30th August 2013.
The new Programme, which will focus on both the national and sub-national levels in strengthening rule of law, access to justice and social integration, will also contribute to supporting several of the commitments made by the Government of Sri Lanka, namely the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the National Action Plan for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (2011-2016) and the National Policy Framework for Social Integration, 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 amongst different groups and persons.